# Debate rages over how many Air New Zealand lollies it's acceptable to take: Here's the official answer

• 06/09/2023

Long before the wacky safety videos, Air New Zealand set itself apart from other airlines by offering free hard-boiled sweets toward the end of its flights.

For some Kiwi travellers, those inflight lollies will be one of the earliest memories they hold about air travel - along with being taken into the cockpit mid-flight, which used to be permitted when security was more relaxed than it is now.

Not only are the lollies a sweet treat, they are also helpful as the jaw movement involved in eating them can help people equalise as the aircraft is descending.

But how many of the lollies is it OK to take?

This is a question that has ignited heated debate online before and on Reddit this week, the discussion was once again raised on the New Zealand forum - prompting Newshub to get a new official answer.

"How many Air NZ lollies is it acceptable to take when the basket comes round on a flight?" asked user u/chooseyourguilt

"My kid asked me this on the weekend and I said two, but he pointed out others were taking far more."

The post quickly racked up over 180 comments suggesting a wide variety of numbers people thought appropriate.

"No more than two. Unless they smile when you take two, then three at most," one said.

"I generally snag three: one for the flight, one for the trip home, and one to be a little surprise a week later when I find it in my pocket," said another.

"There was a kid handing them out last time, but he couldn't reach the window seats. The flight attendant handed me five. So, five," said another.

"As much as you can grab in one hand, in one go," a greedier commenter said, with another agreeing: "A handful. You get more as your hands get bigger."

Some applied more thought to the question - one even came up with a mathematical equation, sharing: "I think a realistic upper limit is: Lollies to take = 2 + 2(N), where N is the number kids and spouses you have waiting for you at the gate/baggage claim."

A frequent flyer advised: "The [cabin] crew don't care and are happy for you to take a decent handful if you want and you are polite. Just don't be rude and take a handful and stuff them in your bag like I've seen some idiots do, they don't like that."

"I have asked several different attendants on differing flights and all have been mostly indifferent to how many are taken," another frequent flyer said. "I usually take a small handful as I quite enjoy them. Except the mint one... if the basket is full, don't feel like you're only allowed one or two. Go for gold, get all the colours you like [and] stash some for later give them to all the kids in the terminal like a weirdo, whatever. Better living everybody!"