In-flight food used to be the highlight of air travel and competed with dining on luxury ocean liners and luxury rail travel when mass air travel started in the early 1930s.
However, the quality of airline food has drastically declined, especially in economy class. In-flight food – on the few flights where a complimentary meal is served to economy passengers – on some airlines borders on inedible.
While many airlines now feature gourmet meal choices, especially to premium class travelers, severe cost cutting measures and instant cooking methods have dulled the romance of eating while traveling by air for most people.
Our suggestion, if you’re traveling in economy class or “premium economy” on one of the US airlines on a long flight, is to bring something to eat. Airport security will allow food through the security check-points as long as it does not contain liquids. No canned fruit floating in its juice; sandwiches, vegetables, cookies, chips are all fine.
Do you agree that the quality of airplane food has gone down? We do! On a recent trip from Bangkok to Boston we would have starved if not for the bag of goodies we brought in our carry-on.