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How To Make the Best of Airplane Food

How To Make the Best of Airplane Food

Everyone knows airplane cuisine has a reputation for not tasting as great as it should.

Even the renowned Gordon Ramsay has gone on record to say he steers clear of the food.

Nevertheless, even if it’s not the greatest, you can still make the best of it. But first, why doesn’t airplane food taste as great as it should?

Here are the three main issues. 



Huge quantities of food are prepared hours before your flight. Once you’re up in the air and lunch time kicks in, it’s reheated in ovens and served to you by the crew. Hence, you won’t be taking a bite of a fresh six-ounce steak. 

A Matter of Class

If you’re flying in economy class, chances are you’re going to get a meal that consists of packed sandwiches, salads, and fruit platters you can find at your local grocery store, whilst those flying business or first class are often served a fancier meal. Nevertheless, all classes are affected by the final and simple issue.



That’s right, folks, according to Professor Charles Spence, author of Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating, lower cabin pressure, dry cabin air, and loud engine noise contribute to our inability to taste and smell food. 

How to Make The Best of It

It seems these issues are ones you can’t really change. Food and planes just don’t go well together, and airports have done their part to make the best out of a difficult situation. Traveling is something we all do, eating is a necessity we must fulfill, so how can we amend the issue? Here are some ideas. 

Short Flight, Take a Big Bite

If you have a trip that’ll last you three to five hours, the average wait time between meals, be sure to squeeze in a big meal before your flight. That way, if you want, you can take a nap once you’re in the air and skip the meal altogether.


Long Flight, Take a Quick Bite

If that flight is running just a bit over five hours, be sure to pack a small snack that’ll keep you going. Outside food is permitted on planes, but anything that could be considered a liquid has to be less than 3.4 ounces. 

Longer Flight, Take a Picky Bite

If your trip takes a whopping eight hours or more, you’re going to have to resort to airplane food. I know, I know, not fun, but you just have to know what to eat and what not to eat, which airline serves the best, and which airlines just aren’t up to par. For example, Turkish Airlines have the best reputation when it comes to serving economy class. Asian Airlines also falls into that category. Fish tends to be a meal you want to avoid.

If you simply can’t swallow the idea of eating airplane food, keep in mind that the airport at your destination will have plenty of restaurants for you to choose from.


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