The Alaska Airlines Amazing Pancake Machine

Flyertalk member 1Ksuperstar reports on a miracle of modern domestic lounge innovation: the Alaska Airlines Amazing Pancake Machine.

It’s self-serve, push button pancake technology, 1Ksuperstar’s photo:

This has to be topped only by the Amazing Beer Machine in the Tokyo United Red Carpet Club:

It’s truly the little things. And when you’re used to domestic lounges in the US, the littlest things really do impress. After all, no Lufthansa beer gardens here in the States!

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  1. In theory, it’s cool. I geeked out over it and made a couple for my fiancée and I to try. But the actual taste didn’t measure up to the techno-coolness. In a pinch, they’re okay, but I wouldn’t seek them out.

  2. Wow, that would certainly brighten my morning. 🙂

    No self-serve, but at least one of the Lufthansa lounges in Frankfurt has staff using a funky pressing machine to make breakfast sandwiches.

  3. My kids love the one in the AKL NZ club. The taste is just so-so, but it is fun to watch!

  4. Went to a party here a few months ago and a big PE guys house, they had a couple of these, they’re like 3K each, can be bought from W&S

  5. The Amazing Beer Machine does not pour the perfect beer though; look at how much head is on that thing!!

  6. Simon, I tried the machine at the JAL lounge at NRT and it was foamy, but my experience in japan is that they often pout their beers with a lot of foam so I suspect they made it that way on purpose.

  7. @David – good point, I had not considered that. I’m Australian, hence the shock factor!

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