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'It's a must on any flight!' Passengers' outrage after United Airlines stops serving TOMATO JUICE on some of its services

  • United Airlines has revamped the drinks menu on offer on flights under 4 hours
  • It has axed tomato juice and gives mixed cans to those wanting Bloody Marys 
  • Passengers took to social media to plead with the airline to re-instate the juice

Sipping on a refreshing Bloody Mary while cruising at 36,000 feet is how many airline passengers like to mark the start of their holidays.

But those travelling on United Airlines have been left up in arms after the carrier stopped serving tomato juice – a key ingredient.

The Chicago-based airline recently revamped the refreshment offering on some of its services saying it was part of 'streamlining'.

Passengers on United Airlines have been up in arms after the carrier stopped service tomato juice on flights under four hours 

Passengers on United Airlines have been up in arms after the carrier stopped service tomato juice on flights under four hours 

But passengers found out that it meant no more tomato juice – at least on its short-haul flights that are less than four hours.

For those wanting a Bloody Mary, a pre-mixed can of Mr. And Mrs. T Bloody Mary is offered instead.

Ever since the change, passengers have been taking to Twitter to berate the airline for not carrying their drink of choice and branding the alternative as 'too salty'.

Alex Plante said: 'Why do you do this? I won't fly @united anymore. Tomato juice is a must have on any flight. Bloody Mary Mix which is super salty is no replacement. Please reconsider.'

 Many passengers took to Twitter to share their frustration at not being able to order the drink on board

 Many passengers took to Twitter to share their frustration at not being able to order the drink on board

One passenger said he would take his business elsewhere if he couldn't have a tomato juice on board 

One passenger said he would take his business elsewhere if he couldn't have a tomato juice on board 

This passenger didn't hold back and called United 'idiots' for ditching the fruity beverage 

This passenger didn't hold back and called United 'idiots' for ditching the fruity beverage 

One United customer points out how tomato juice is one of the healthiest drinks on offer 

One United customer points out how tomato juice is one of the healthiest drinks on offer 

Another passenger pleaded with the airline to reinstate tomato juice on its domestic services 

Another passenger pleaded with the airline to reinstate tomato juice on its domestic services 

Jason Chase agreed adding: 'Seriously @united, you are ditching tomato juice on your flights??? I’ve always been a united guy and will book based on price, but if your price is equal to your competitor, the airline serving the tomato juice will get my business!'

And another passenger tweeted: 'What kind of idiots remove tomato juice from airline flights? @United does, that's who. #flyerunfriendly'

Debra Sanborn pointed out the drink's health benefits saying: 'Deeply saddened by the @united decision to drop tomato juice from their beverage offerings. It was the healthiest drink on the cart!'

Replying to a tweet, United Airlines said it regretted any inconvenience by not serving the drink

Replying to a tweet, United Airlines said it regretted any inconvenience by not serving the drink

While Tracey Maken pleaded with United to reconsider, tweeting: '@united Have flown you very recently, and booked my next today. 

'Totally impressed with all aspects of your customer service, but please keep tomato juice on your flights. It always tastes better in the “friendly skys”!'

United then confirmed to another passenger on Twitter that it had stopped serving the beverage, saying: 'We regret any inconvenience this causes.'

Other drinks that have been ditched from United trollies are Jim Beam, Courvoisier, and Amaretto.

Other drinks that have been ditched from United trollies are Jim Beam, Courvoisier, and Amaretto

Other drinks that have been ditched from United trollies are Jim Beam, Courvoisier, and Amaretto

A spokesperson for United Airlines told MailOnline Travel: 'With all of our food and beverage offerings, we monitor customer consumption and adjust accordingly.' 

In 2014, scientists suggested that vodka and tomato juice cocktails taste even better in the air than on the ground.

The theory came from Barry Smith, founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London.

He explained that the incessant droning noise in the cabin can affect our ability to taste flavours. But tomato juice, he argues, is one of the few that can still be savoured. 

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