I believe the last time either of us ate a meal in economy/coach was 4 years ago and it was in a desperate situation on a flight from Asia to LA. Since then we have had salads and other items in first class, but only one 1 or 2 occasions. Even those meals are questionable, but compared to the shit they serve in economy/coach, it’s a step up. The quality of food most airlines serve to economy passengers is something we wouldn’t feed to a dog. No nutrition labels, a plethora of preservatives, and quite generally nasty, unhealthy options, are some of the top reasons why we never eat airplane food, but there’s more than that. We also have some suggestions for you if you, in fact, want an alternative to eating airplane food; especially on long-haul flights that eclipse 2 or 3 meals.
Most airlines are publicly traded companies, so cost and efficiency are more important than offering good food to passengers. Cabin pressure, noise, smelly lavatories, and other variables certainly impact the taste of the food and the dining experience, but invariably, airplane food is filled with a bunch of shit that’s TERRIBLE for your body. Think of airplane food like an awful frozen TV dinner. Many airlines make their food 5 DAYS BEFORE A FLIGHT AND PACK THEM FULL WITH SODIUM TO PRESERVE THEM! In fact, the meals are even saltier than they seem, because you can’t adequately taste saltiness or sweetness because of the cabin pressure.
There is a SERIOUS problem if you type in airplane food in Google and the top results imply questions like:
Over the years, airlines have literally hired some of the greatest culinary experts in the world. 16 Michelin Star Chef Gordon Ramsey has been paid to consult with Singapore Airlines regarding in-flight meals, yet he still has the same staunch position that we do:
“There’s no fucking way I eat on planes. I worked for airlines for 10 years, so I know where this food’s been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board.”Gordon Ramsey
Obviously, every meal carries a unique caloric content, but airplane meals typically fall in the 1500 calorie range? Have you ever had an airplane meal that didn’t make you feel like shit after? Invariably we feel constipated and bloated. Maybe it’s a trick to try to keep people from spending to much time in the lavatory?