Officially, you can take your business class amenity kit with you but not the bedding. People do it anyway, which shouldn’t be surprising since passengers at Delta Sky Clubs are dumping buffet items into their carry on bags and guests steal insane things from hotels.
Japanese airline ANA used to offer amenity bags to passengers in first class, and they would pass out items for you to take (they’d give you whatever you asked). Crew would then leave a basket with more amenities in the cabin for you to take. Some people loaded up.
Live and Let’s Fly passes along video of a woman in business class on a Turkish Airlines flight “stuffing her bag full of goodies” and one has to imagine that this is staged.
Live and Let’s Fly pleas with passengers not to do this, and I agree that you shouldn’t be piggish but taking souvenir soft goods can be great and benefit the marketing of the product greatly. Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal in Frankfurt even has a twitter account for the rubber ducks you can request if you wish to take a bath.
Everyone used to steal the salt and pepper shakers from Virgin Australia business class, back when they used to fly long haul. The pair made a Sydney Opera House.
When United introduced their new Polaris business class soft product, it was very good – a huge improvement, and too nice for United (which is why we’ve seen cutbacks since then). United has taken several steps to cut costs,
- Reduced the number of flight attendants in the cabin, and meals now come pre-plated instead of being plated in the galley by crew.
- Eliminated expressly offering things like cocktails on a drink cart and wine flights, which make it less likely passengers drink as much
- Stop placing as many things at a passenger’s seat, making items on request only (they aren’t always requested)
- Tell flight attendants to stop passengers from stealing the pillows and blankets
I might have certain airline blankets at home. Etihad first class blankets are among the softest and most comfortable I’ve ever felt. Whenever I see and feel an airline blanket, it brings me back to the experience and makes me want to get back on board. United doesn’t feel that extending their business class marketing into your home is a worthwhile investment.
I’ve been invited to take things on board, and if I want something I will generally ask. An American Airlines flight attendant invited me to take extra pajamas last summer on a Sydney flight. There’s so much stuff on an Emirates first class flight they give you a tote bag…