Delta has introduced pre-packed snacks bags on domestic services, as part of measures aimed at decreasing onboard touchpoints during the coronavirus pandemic.

The carrier said that the bags – which “can double as an individual trash collector once its contents are consumed” – currently contains a packet of Cheez-It crackers, Biscoff cookies, Dasani bottled water, a hand sanitising wipe, and a napkin.

They are being handed out during the crew’s first pass through the cabin, and the carrier said that the move had been “inspired by flight attendants’ desire to deliver the best in-flight service while keeping customers safe and at ease”.

Customers continue to be able to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages onboard, and those travelling on long-haul international flights will receive a streamlined food and beverage service as previously report by Business Traveller.

Delta cuts inflight food and drink services on long-haul flights to combat spread of coronavirus

Commenting on the news Mike Crowley, Delta’s vice president – onboard service operations, said:

“We want our customers and crewmembers to know we will always have their backs. As this pandemic evolves, we continue to innovate our service and respond to crew and customer feedback, while maintaining our focus on providing the hospitality Delta is known for.”

Last week Delta unveiled a raft of social distancing measures both on the ground and inflight, including blocking the middle seat on all flights in Main Cabin, Delta Comfort + and Delta Premium Select cabins.

Delta to block middle seats in economy and premium economy