Recently, a friend told me a slightly disturbing story. Her pregnant sister was sitting in an airline lounge, eating a sandwich. An employee came up to the woman and asked her to leave, as outside food is not allowed in. Now, I’m not going to get into how it grates on me that they asked a 32 week pregnant woman to either not eat or leave (although since I currently have two pregnant sisters I find it really annoying. Whatever.). This rule is probably due to the fact that the lounge wants people to pay for its own overpriced and terrible food. But isn’t the point of belonging to a club that you have a place to go, relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle of the airport? Why would they not allow people to bring in food from airport restaurants?
Granted, I haven’t been in a ton of lounges. But the ones I have visited have either had food available for free or been very gracious about outside food. The few times I’ve purchased food in a lounge it has honestly been pretty terrible. So what’s the deal?
Readers, what do you think? Should airline clubs ban outside food? What has your experience been?