American Airlines now lets passengers on certain flights reserve their food via its website or app up to 30 days ahead of their trip

Airplane food may get a bad rap, but airlines are working on improving the quality and the accessibility of their meal offerings. American Airlines is hoping to entice economy passengers to order off the menu by allowing them to pre-select their options.

Selections can be reserved through the American Airlines website or app, starting 30 days before the flight and ending 24 hours before. However, passengers won’t have to pay until they are in the air and the meal service has begun, in case a connecting flight is missed or items are unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances.

However, this pre-order option is available only for flights that feature the “light meals” offering, consisting of sandwiches, small plates or other smaller fares, and on flights that are longer than 3 hours and take place between 9:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. This option is not available for any flights that already include free in-flight meals. Although not available for all trips, this amenity aims to make some economy travel a little more pleasant.

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Airplane food may get a bad rap, but airlines are working on improving the quality and the accessibility of their meal offerings. American Airlines is hoping to entice economy passengers to order off the menu by allowing them to pre-select their options.

Selections can be reserved through the American Airlines website or app, starting 30 days before the flight and ending 24 hours before. However, passengers won’t have to pay until they are in the air and the meal service has begun, in case a connecting flight is missed or items are unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances.