Gate Gourmet: Travel App Brings Food Delivery to Airport Terminals
A new travel app by HMSHost hopes to make airport dining less stressful before takeoff. B4 You Board is a free travel app that allows travelers at four U.S. airports to order food delivery to their gates by using their smartphones.
Available for Android and iPhone, B4 You Board lets travelers order food at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and Sacramento International Airport.
The free apps lets users choose to either pick up from special kiosks or get delivery to the gate, order meals and beverages from participating restaurants, and pay by credit card. Jet-setters can choose mix-and-match food options from different restaurants and the food costs the same as in the restaurants. Orders are delivered within 20 minutes.
At New York’s JFK airport, passengers can order salads and sandwiches such as a club, Santa Fe chicken, or cubano from Balducci’s, and burgers, salads, and wraps from Chili’s Too!
The meal choices at Chicago’s O’Hare depend on which terminal travelers are in: Terminal 1 features burgers and wraps from Chili’s Too! and pizza and pasta from Tuscany Café, while Terminal 2 offers soups, mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, and fish and chips from Stanley’s Kitchen & Tap, and Terminal 3 has Chili’s Too! along with pizzas, salads, and sandwiches from Wolfgang Puck.
Two restaurants at Minneapolis-St. Paul serve on-the-go eats, including soups, salads, and sandwiches at French Meadow Bakery & Café and chicken wings, spicy spinach cheese dip, and burgers at Rockbottom Restaurant & Brewery.
At Sacramento International Airport, travelers can get mac and cheese, smoked chicken breast sandwiches, and Niman Ranch Angus burgers from Esquire Grill and spicy guacamole cheeseburgers and Nutella cheesecake from Burgers and Brew.
B4 You Board is only available in four airports but more locations and restaurants are in the works, which means more and more travelers in a rush will be able to get grub at the gateway.
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