Airline food – love it or hate it?

“I love aeroplane food” says my daughter.  What?  Nobody ever says that do they?   Well apparently some people do and they really mean it.  I read somewhere that airline food is like marmite – either you love it or hate it. There is no in between.
Hate it

Love it

The debate really centres around the long haul flights because let’s face it, you don’t really get a meal any more on flights within Canada or trans-border.  Unless you pay for them.  Although United Airlines is bringing back complimentary snacks on many of its flights and have upgraded its complimentary meals on long haul flights.  So they say… although some reviews of the meat loaf served on international flights left a lot to be desired.  But really?  Meatloaf?  Rather go for the veggie option maybe?

If you want to know what people really think of their sky high food then just follow the twitter #planefood.  It is loaded with photos taken of some very dicey looking meals.

Is that gruel? TheCleaverQuarterly Instagram page uploaded this snap of their breakfast with the caption: 'Breakfast, courtesy of Juneyao Airlines, en route to #Shanghai this morning. #planefood' 
Yeah – no…..

Best thing I think is to order a kids meal

Rather than end up with this kind of breakfast
Better off flushed: Sheridan Neill ‏tweeted this and asked:  'Why does this sausage look like a legit piece of poo? #planefood #nasty'
Better off flushed: Sheridan Neill ‏tweeted this and asked:  ‘Why does this sausage look like a legit piece of poo? #planefood #nasty’
Rather than face this a lot of people are taking their own food on board.  Which may be fine but if you have someone sitting next to you and they fish out their tupperware full of kimchee …. might not be that pleasant.

Let’s face it – cabin service on a long flight is not just about eating.  It’s about something to do.  A distraction.  You hear those wheels start coming down the aisle.  You know you are not hungry – but what the heck?  And it takes so long to serve the people in front of you.  There you are – all expectant, your tray table down, your book tucked away, your headphones off ….
Who’s a good boy?  C’mon – tell me – who’s a good boy?

It will take at least an hour out of your flight time while you unwrap all the little parcels on your tray remembering to keep your elbows tucked in, decide which to eat and reject the items that are not that appetizing.  Then end up eating those anyway…. just for something to do.   Or you could just go to sleep…..


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By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.


  1. Sometimes, one is surprised and the food is tasty – has taste!!!
    A couple of incidents:
    1) One kid (8 years old???) – 6 rows behind me (loudly): “I ate those rabbit turds and I liked it”…..
    2) An older lady, when the steward asked how was the food: “It was OK, if you like hair in your mashed potatoes”……


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