The United-Continental merger created the world's largest airline. Here are a few of the thousands of questions that had to be resolved to make it work.

Illustrations by Jennifer Daniel

The United-Continental merger created the world's largest airline. Here are a few of the thousands of questions that had to be resolved to make it work.

Illustrations by Jennifer Daniel

Marriage at 30,000 Feet

Merger Matters
Merger Matters

The United-Continental merger created the world's largest airline. Here are a few of the thousands of questions that had to be resolved to make it work.

Illustrations by Jennifer Daniel

Boarding
Boarding

On the new United (UAL), please board window to aisle, not by row.

Cabins
Cabins

The old United had first class. Continental only had business class. The new United has both ... as well as coach.

Staff
Staff

Do not annoy the workers. They are still in contract negotiations.

Beverages
Beverages

Savor the coffee, a new, lighter roast not from Starbucks (SBUX).

Munchies
Munchies

Caution: The nuts have been heated in a lovely ramekin, as the old United used to do.

Ground Crew
Ground Crew

Enjoy the wing walkers, who are meant to make you feel safe as the plane taxis to the ramp.

Meal Service
Meal Service

Note your new cup. It's a compromise.

Attire
Attire

Do not mind the uniforms. They are under review.

Footwear
Footwear

Baggage handlers, shoes are not optional. Please wear steel-toed boots.

Carry-Ons
Carry-Ons

Feel free to board with your miniature service ponies, as Continental has long permitted.