Airline amenity kits are usually quite handy items to have on international flights. In economy class at minimum they usually contain socks, an eye mask and earplugs. Once you start getting into the more premium classes, all sorts of potions and lotions are also included.

There has been a recent outcry online around American Airlines introducing business class amenity kits in cardboard boxes. This is the eco-friendly option and it makes sense to me, though some frequent flyers seem to have reacted as though their first born had been sentenced to stoning.

It’s All In The Packaging – Apparently!

Judging by the reactions, it appears that frequent flyers like to display their airline amenity kits in a well lit cabinet, in a prime position in their home to show off to their friends. If the packaging is that important, they are clearly using them as display pieces. Or not.


It’s certainly something else to see people worked up about it. I’m sure these same people believe global warming is a myth and that the earth is flat. Any change to more eco-friendly packaging that is biodegradable is a good move in my book.

What Do People Do With Airline Amenity Kits?

Obviously on a flight you might use some of the contents and some of the premium ones are worth taking home. I do enjoy using the products you get, as it’s nice to use upscale brands for free. However, I have yet to find much of a use for the packaging.

Years ago, British Airways used to issue their Club World kits in a fabric bag, which could be used to put your shoes into. That is literally the only time I’ve ever had a use for the thing the kit is encased in.


That’s why it boggles my mind that people complain about the American Airlines ones in cardboard boxes. I’d be fine with it being issued in a brown paper bag, or even to skip the packaging entirely. Hand me my eye mask, ear plugs and little bottles of goo separately.

Recently I did a clear out and found an entire bag of unused airline amenity kits from various oneworld airlines. Since I have no real use for them, I took them to work and let my co-workers take their pick. At least someone might get some use out of them.

Overall Thoughts

It begs the question, what do you do with your airline amenity kits? I read a comment online from someone saying they had 30 or 40 stashed away in the house somewhere, gathering dust.

The contents will eventually lose their effectiveness, so it’s really just delayed landfill, isn’t it? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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