In another sign that things are returning back to normal, albeit slowly, American Airlines is bringing back hot food to its airport lounges. Starting today, some warm food options will return to lounges across the United States. However, it won't be exactly the same as before.

Instead of offering self-service buffets, visitors to Admirals Club Lounges across the country will be served by staff members behind plastic dividers. Workers serving the food will wear gloves and masks to ensure the safety of all. Hot food to be served include things like macaroni and cheese, soup and oatmeal. Unfortunately, this is only a small portion of what the previous menu offered, though pre-wrapped self-serve options will still remain available at American's lounges.

American also will reinstate pay-for-food options like deep dish pizza at Chicago (ORD) and sliced brisket sandwich at Dallas (DFW). These will be reinstated on August 19. All menus will offer both vegetarian and gluten-free options.

American takes safety seriously and has implemented plenty of changes at its lounges including:

  • Plexiglass shields at reception and service desk areas
  • Foot-operated door openers in restrooms
  • Multiple hand sanitizer stations
  • Capacity is limited to 50 percent
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of tables and chairs
  • Floor decals and signage reminding everyone to practise social distancing

While things are slowly getting back to normal, American still isn't planning to reopen self-serve areas or shower facilities for guests anytime in the near future. Not only that, only a handful of lounges are currently open; American has not announced when its other lounges will reopen to welcome guests once more.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at GET.com based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: adam.luehrs@get.com.