That small bag of peanuts or pretzels you get on a flight usually isn't enough. Now there's a web-based service called Carry-On Cuisine that helps you get enough to eat.
You order food online at participating airport restaurants, put in your airline, set the time you'll pick up your food, and pay with a credit card. There is a $1.50 service charge. "The big thing about it is convenience. Convenience when you get the food that you want." says traveler Mark Landi.
Sometimes you don't have time between flights to stand in line and get something to eat. That's where Carry-On Cuisine comes in. "We're interested in some of the business travelers that may be pressed for time. I think a lot of times there are lines in front of the airport. And you don't want to wait in line, you don't want to have to sit down, sit at the table. Maybe they're running late for a flight. They can swing right by." says Earl Furfine, CEO of Cardinal Technologies.
Transportation Security Administration rules say you can take drinks in properly sealed foam cups through security. Food must be in bags or containers and go through x-ray.
Right now the service is available only at Reagan National, but it is expected to expand to JFK, Newark, and Providence this spring.