The Essentials

Why Airline Food Tastes Different in the Air

If you eat airline food, then most of you will notice that it tastes differently than the same dish on the ground. There are a few reasons for this.

One is that all airline food is heated twice, once in the flight kitchens on the ground and then reheated in the air. And because the air in the cabin is drier as well, so is the meal. And so is your nose, which reduces the ability to smell. Low humidity and altitude inhibits our sense of taste. That’s one reason the airlines add so much salt to their meals.

Here’s my advice. Bring fresh fruit and wait for a really hot meal on the ground.