Face it, airplane food is rarely healthy or delicious. What’s even worse is how airplane food – and ice – is often handled during flight. If you’re looking to make in-flight dining a healthier and more satisfying experience, come prepared. With a few simple steps, you could be enjoying your airplane snacks a lot more than the disappointed eaters across the aisle.
5. Pack Your Own Airline-Approved Snacks
Especially when traveling with children, consider bringing your own airplane snacks for your trip. This allows you to control what and when you’re eating, and feel safer knowing the food ingredients.
Do check with the airline first to follow their rules about bringing your own food on the plane. Be prepared by knowing which forms of food are allowed through security. Even if pre-approved, most airlines maintain the right to refuse any food or beverage at the gate. Southwest Airlines states that “the final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”
4. Flavor Enhancers Are Game Changers
Airplane food can also be very bland. You might be provided with a bit of salt and pepper for certain meals and snack boxes, but you can do a lot better than that. Small bottles or packets of hot sauce, salsa, ketchup, and other condiments could bring some spice back to your airline food experience.
Again, as with packing your own snacks, make sure you’re following the airline’s rules about food from home and package sizing. A full bottle of ranch dressing might be rejected, but a travel-size container in your carry-on bag might be allowed if packed properly.