I’m a fan of history and admire many traditions, and one that I’m most fond of is the buttonhole in the dinner napkin that accompanies American’s First Class meal service.
The purpose of the buttonhole is to attach the napkin to your shirt to help keep your clothing from getting stained. And even though today half of the passengers in first class are likely to be wearing a T-shirt rather than a shirt with buttons, I appreciate the buttonhole, even if it’s probably a bit of a throwback to another time (sort of like the soft, butter mint American serves at the end of every flight).
Not only is the napkin quite fashionable, I’ve found it to be quite useful (especially when eating the beef fajitas with salsa). I know I’m not the only fan either: The Weekly Flyer has praised its utility, and I know a couple of other American Airlines frequent flyers that also make a point of using the buttonhole.
Anyway, I don’t know that they have made any change to the napkin, but I was on a couple of flights last week and the napkin didn’t have a buttonhole.
Maybe it was just a catering issue. I hope they’re not going away.
Has anyone else noticed this?
(Editor’s note: I know on the list of challenges facing the human race, this isn’t at the top, but it’s a slow news day).