The Essentials

Why Airplane Food Tastes Different

If you’re like me, airline food is, more often than not, an oxymoron.

Besides, most people don’t eat airline food because they’re hungry but because they’re bored.

But if you still eat airplane 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.

Because the air in the cabin is drier, the meal is as well.

And so is your nose, and that reduces your ability to smell.

Low humidity and altitude also inhibit our sense of taste. That’s one reason airlines add so much salt to their inflight meals.

My advice is to bring fresh fruit.

Stay hydrated, and then wait for a really good hot meal on the ground.