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  1. New United "blankets" are here. And they suck. - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] half a body anyways before being doubled over to actually prove useful as a provider of warmth. Read a bit more about the new United blankets and see more pictures here. __________________ Wandering Aramean | Twitter | Lounge Guide | Travel Tools | World Heritage […]

  2. Colleen
    Colleen at |

    “Taking the new United “blankets” for a test ride”

    So when you say “taking” you really mean “taking”? Or did you snap your picture on a plane with hardwood floors?

    Seriously, do you think it’s okay to steal blankets from an airplane?

  3. infamousdx
    infamousdx at |

    Mmmm cheesecloth

  4. Kevincm
    Kevincm at |

    The sad part is… a ShamWow would probably keep you warmer than that thing….

  5. Jim
    Jim at |

    The name by which they’ve been referred to previously is “Continental Coolers”.

  6. Carl
    Carl at |

    These blankets first appeared on pmUA aircraft after the merger was completed and steps were being taken to align sUA & sCO policies – pmUA’s blankets had been much thicker. Then pillows disappeared and these gauze/cheesecloth blankets showed up. I believe they got enough complaints that they have stopped buying them but are still running through the inventory. On many sUA flights they have blankets that are the same as the pmCO blankets, which seems to be the new domestic F (and probably int’l Y) standard. I still wish they’d restore pillows in F at least on overnight and transcon/Hawaii flights.

  7. Kris Ziel
    Kris Ziel at |

    I could hardly cover my legs with the one I had. There are way better ones that they had on some flights earlier this month, just had one of the terrible ones.

  8. Jayson
    Jayson at |

    I pay for them with each ticket purchase. They go home with me.

  9. Kris Ziel
    Kris Ziel at |

    You also pay for the plane with every ticket purchase, but that doesn’t mean you get to take it home with you.

  10. Julian
    Julian at |

    The blankets are really small and thin, I had the chance to try one yesterday. The other question though is, why they do keep the cabins so freezing?

  11. Simon
    Simon at |

    @Jayson: Your flagrant confidence for the theft of onboard blankets is shameful. Airlines absorb the cost and ultimately pass it onto your fellow passengers. Theft is deplorable, no matter how rationalized.

  12. jon
    jon at |

    Seth: Why do you bring along a towel?

  13. Wandering Aramean
    Wandering Aramean at |

    I was wondering if nayone would comment on that part. 🙂

    I have been traveling with a beach towel as part of my kit for about 2 years now. It is probably the most useful analog piece of my pack. I use it as a pillow/neck roll, a blanket and even, from time to time as a towel. It straps on to the otside of my bag so it is low impact on my packing overall.

    This particular trip included some beach time in Rio so I got to use it as a pillow and blanket on the redeye and as a towel on the beach.

  14. Paul
    Paul at |

    Are you sure these are the new ones? I recently frew from Hong Kong to Narita and was given a white “plush” blanket that was kind of like a cover on my bed (I’m a guy and struggle with specific blanket terminology 🙂 ). I know these are new as they have the United name and globe on one corner, so they had to come out since the merger. They are pretty big and go from below my knees up to my neck, and I’m over 6 feet tall…..