Airline citrus supply is lime light
April 8th, 2014
06:45 PM ET
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Some airlines say they're getting squeezed by a shortage of limes.

A spokesman for United Airlines, which is part of United Continental Holdings, says the airline is currently flying with only 15% to 20% of its usual stock of limes.

"If the caterers are light on limes when they supply our flights, then we'll serve lemons," said Rahsaan Johnson. "We've asked them to continue to provide limes where available, but to cater more lemons until lime supplies normalize," he added.

Alaska Airlines is running into the same problem. It cut limes from the cocktail menu two weeks ago because they were getting so expensive.

"Apparently we go through 900 limes a day on flights, said Alaska Air spokeswoman Halley Knigge. "We're hoping to get them back on board when the case prices drop. We have not [had] any customer complaints. We've been serving lemons instead."

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  1. JellyBean

    Just seems really silly.

    April 11, 2014 at 7:57 am |
  2. Thinking things through

    I don't think I've ever seen a lime OR a lemon on a plane flight.

    But maybe this is because I'm cramped in back in the steerage section of the plane, where I am wearing my knees in my teeth...

    April 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Flew first class once. The hot towel was my favorite part.

      April 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm |
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