New United "blankets" are here. And they suck.

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    I had the misfortune of getting to experience the new blankets on my IAH-EWR flight yesterday morning. I was excited when the FA mentioned that she had the new ones as I was looking forward to trying them out. Turns out that they are pretty darn bad. Super thin, they require doubling over to provide any sense of warmth. And the blanket is so small (~24"x48") that it is really only good for half a body anyways before being doubled over to actually prove useful as a provider of warmth.

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    Read a bit more about the new United blankets and see more pictures here.
     
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    Wow, those look really bad. It's a shame to see United cutting corners on a basic passenger comfort like this.
     
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    what do you mean ??? Jeff Smisek promised us a " a new leading airline " ..... so far whatever he does is cutting corners and United is becoming more and more a no frill carrier.
     
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    That's been around a few months now though WA...(the thin gauze-like blankets).
     
  5. Wandering Aramean
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    These are worse. Smaller and thinner. We had the "old" gauze ones on my IAH-GIG-IAH flights and they were just regular bad. These are different and much worse.
     
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    In that case I'm just going to start carrying around my International UA C Blanket.
     
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    Here's a shot of the 'old" gauzy blanket. Unless the person holding it is 4'7" tall these are way worse:
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    That is exactly what I do (with 2 extra C class pillows);)
     
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    What else do you have room for in your carry-on?
     
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    Other goodies I'm sure :D
     
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    Oh, the usual (nothing exciting). Gym shorts and tee shirt, eye shades, ear plugs, and ambien. It’s all about sleeping comfortably
     
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    What no miniaturized booze? :p.
     
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    Well, just another thing to bring in the carry-on, I guess. I already bring my own pillow on flights 2+ hrs or more...I can bring my sleep sack too if the blankets are crappy. Just got off international C on UA -- those duvets are quite nice -- I hope they stick around.
     
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    Maybe we should all start packing a carryon full of leopard print snuggies and just make it the new trend to wear them everywhere when anyone asks, blame UA.
     
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    You're lucky (or maybe I am ;)) as my flight (CO metal) SFO-IAH on 4/18 did not have ANY blankets loaded
     
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    The duvets had better stick around on the 3-cabins. For about $3500 for the rock bottom Z fare any PMUA US hub-FRA or CDG or LHR to $20K for FF F, the least they could do is give us something more than mosquito netting. Or a negligee. I'm not sure WHAT that stuff is.:confused:
     
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    I don't redeem my miles or money to fly United Business or First if I have a better choice in the premium international market because of little things like that gauzy blanket and meek offerings.
     
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    Wow - that is a very thin blanket (not really an upgrade if you ask me
     
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    I'm sure they will. Premium cabins on long haul international have always had better pillows and blankets than domestic, and both airlines upgraded their offerings in the last year or two.
     
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    On the bright side, you don't have to put the seat belt over the "blanket" anymore.
     
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    Not all that surprising given the precedent of (non)change established with FreshBrew.

    The fact that they continue to even offer blankets at this point is actually somewhat surprising. Why fake it? Just own the fact that you don't think blankets for F pax are worth spending money on, and we'll all move on. Sure we'll complain about it for a bit (and over at FT, probably for a bit more still), but that would certainly be better than the gauze-shaped slap in the face I have to look forward to every time I settle into an F seat from now on.
     
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    Yeah, WA those look just embarrassingly awful. Shameful actually lol. Fortunately I am never cold on flights, truly never.
     
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    What is the point of that blanket, it's not even a blanket except by name?, UA would be better off just getting rid of them.
     
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    I think now they just need to go the route of US and AC, where there are no free blankets, but you can buy a more decent one for $2 rather than give out that sheet of reject cloth.
     
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    I know this is kind of a girly solution, but there are often "guy colors" so this strategy could work for y'all, too.

    I always carry two tissue-weight cashmere blend shawls. These, specifically. $88 and two of them stacked is warmer than almost any blanket they'll give you. They do come in black, navy, and grey (among others), so those may be guyish-enough. 27" x 80" is the real key part; scarves and such designed for men aren't as large. They also take very very little bulk in a suitcase.
     

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