10 Things You Should Never Eat On Airplanes – According To Flight Attendants
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Flying on a commercial airliner is not exactly the most enjoyable experience in the world. There are so many negatives including the stuffy atmosphere, lack of leg room and at the bottom of the list are the in-flight meals. They aren’t tasty or appealing in the least, but there is some advice from insiders on what meals you should steer clear of on flights.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and sometimes you have to have a meal so you don’t stare to death. An experienced airline attendant who has worked for several companies dishes out on the dishes they serve.
“The food on your tray is prepared not in the galley but in the aircraft catering, which is often done 12 hours before and even days before the aircraft departure.”
– Shreyas P. (Flight Attendant)
This is already a bad sign since your food has the chance of spoiling or is packed with preservatives, but either way that’s not good. Keep in mind that even fast food joints don’t cook meals that far in advance. But if you are hungry on a flight make sure you stay far away from these five foods.
- Coffee and Tea. Alright, so it’s not a food but you should stay as far away from coffee and tea on an airliner. Not only is it bland and lacking in potency but it is also dangerous. The EPA discovered that water used in coffee and tea on planes falls below safety standards since they come from the sink rather than bottles. Some were even found to be contaminated with E. Coli.
- Eggs. The eggs and omelets are hardly considered eggs in the first place. Most of the time these eggs are from a substitute in a powdered or liquid form.
- Fruit. Fresh Fruit is not exactly the freshest it could be. Keep in mind that these meals are prepared 12 hours in advance so this fruit is kept out. It may have even picked up some bacteria from the several hundred passengers on the previous flight.
- Rare Meats. A little pink in the middle of your meat isn’t a bad thing as a barbeque, but on a flight, you might want to reconsider. You never know when microbes may be present.
- Peanuts and Pretzels. The staple of airline cuisine has a drawback. At high-altitudes your digestive system slows down and all the salt from those snacks don’t help. You become sluggish, tired and by the time you land is when your digestion kicks into gear again.
- Ice Cream. Ice cream can make you feel bloated and with your digestive system slowing down at altitude it can make you feel a lot worse than you already do.
- Pasta. Stay away from the pasta because all of those energy-rich carbs won’t be processed quickly and are going to make you tired.
- Alchohol. Not only is it overpriced but it loses a lot of potency at high altitudes and only dehydrates you.
- Sugar. It is tempting to grab a candy bar before hopping on a flight but the spike in your blood sugar can just make you end up feeling hungrier.
- Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower. Now you finally have an excuse to not eat your veggies because in rare cases these can cause seizures in pressurized environments.
Scientific research has also demonstrated that your taste buds actually go partially numb at high altitudes so you may not be able to taste how bland airline food is. Airline crews don’t have a habit of cleaning the tray tables that you put your hands on so, it’s not smart to not eat off of them.