Pizza on Planes: Sometimes Airlines Do Serve Free Food

FareCompare noticed a tweet late last week complimenting the “awesome” JetBlue. What had the discount carrier done? Because of delays (apparently in Newark), the airline ordered pizza for all its passengers.

Nice job, JetBlue, but you’re not the only one.

Free Pizza on Planes, Free Pizza in Airports

FareCompare has written a ton of “pizza/good deed” stories over the years. Here are some of our favorites.

2014: A Frontier pilot bought 50 pizzas to feed his diverted passengers in Cheyenne, Wyo. and we were told he paid for it out of his own pocket. The pilot said he placed the order with Domino’s because his job is taking care of his passengers. “They are my responsibility the moment they step on the aircraft until they get off the aircraft,” Captain Gerhard Brandner said.

2010: A Southwest flight had to be diverted to Pueblo, Colo. due to stormy weather and a couple of other planes soon joined them. Unfortunately, there was nothing to eat because the airport restaurants were closed so the Southwest pilot made a command decision and phoned Little Caesars. Within 30 minutes, 40 pizzas were being shared by passengers on all three planes.

2007: A Delta flight was stuck in Syracuse – another case of bad weather – and the pilot knew his passengers had only been served crackers on the plane. So he called Sbarro and suddenly there was pizza and sodas for all.

Got any pizza stories of your own? We’d love to hear more.


Updated: October 27, 2015