Catching z's on a long flight? These US airlines provide amenity kits to help flyers relax



Bright cabin lights, crying babies and dry skincan make a flight seem even longer. But on long-haul flights, some airlines offer amenity kits that provide items like eye masks, ear plugs, dental kits, lip balm and lotions to make air travel smoother and more relaxing. 

When an amenity kit is issued varies by airline, the distance of the route as well as cabin class.

The U.S. airlines that offer amenity kits are United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways, and all of the kits are complimentary when allocated for a particular flight.

USA TODAY checked other major U.S. carriers, and Southwest, Frontier, Allegiant, Spirit and Alaska Airlines said they do not offer amenity kits.

United

United offers amenity kits to customers traveling in United Polaris business class and United Premium Plus on long-haul international flights and some transcontinental flights.

In April, United Airlines unveiled the updated United Polaris business class amenity kit that features four products by skincare brand Sunday Riley: a lip balm with pomegranate seed oil and shea butter, a face cream, hand cream and a facial cleansing cloth with peppermint extract. There is also an eye mask, slippers, dental kit and earplugs for the long-haul flights.

Main cabin passengers do not receive amenity kits on any flights.

American

The highest-level amenity kit offered by American Airlines can be found in their international first class. The kit comes in a variety of bag styles and colors. Each kit includes an eye mask, earplugs, toothbrush and toothpaste and skincare products from skincare brand Allies of Skin.

The kits are provided on long-haul international flights (U.S. to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and deep South America) and some transcontinental routes (such as New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport).

Business and premium economy passengers also receive a kit on those flights, designed by two different brands. The main cabin does not receive kits on any flights.

Delta

Delta Air Lines unveiled a new premium amenity kit in June.

“The new Delta One amenity kits were released on planes mid-June and features lotion and lip balm from Le Labo, the airline’s new fragrance partner,” Savannah Huddleston, a Delta spokeswoman told USA TODAY. There is also a sleep mask, hand cleanser, dental kit and socks in the new kits.

Customers on select international and domestic flights receive amenity kits across multiple classes, including Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and main cabin. For domestic flights, the kits are available on select coast-to-coast routes (such as New York JFK to San Francisco and Boston Logan International Airport to LAX).

Huddleston said Delta’s new kits have saved 30,951 pounds of plastic from landfills in one year. 

Hawaiian

Hawaiian Airlines offers first-class and business-class passengers amenity kits on flights from Boston Logan Airport and New York JFK to Hawaii. Extra Comfort passengers also get a kit on outbound flights from Hawaii to JFK.

Hawaiian Airlines partnered with Hawaii designer Sig Zane on the kits, which include hand and body balm, lip balm, hydrating mist, an eye mask, ear plugs, a tissue pack, dental kit, a bamboo comb, a pen and earbuds. 

Main cabin passengers on international flights also receive an amenity kit that includes an eye mask, ear plugs and earbuds.

JetBlue

Amenity kits are only available for JetBlue Mint, which are JetBlue’s premium travel seats offered on select coast-to-coast flights in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Exact routes can be found on JetBlue’s website.

“Customers flying in JetBlue Mint can stay refreshed in flight with custom-designed Hayward and Hopper amenity kits,” Julianna Bryan, a spokeswoman for JetBlue told USA TODAY. 

The women’s and men’s kits are filled with lip salve, facial mist, hand cream by Hudson Made New York, Basic Outfitters socks, an eye mask, screen wipe and pen. There are also ear plugs and a toothbrush and toothpaste kit. The women’s kit bags are made of denim, while men’s are of natural cotton canvas — the contents are the same for both.

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