Planning a trip is half of the excitement of actually traveling. Once you’ve decided where you want to go, budgeted for it, and booked everything, it’s time to prepare to fly. When you arrive at the airport, you will have a lot of time to relax before your flight, and have a few snacks. Plane food is not something most passengers look forward to, unless you’re flying first class. In fact, it tends to be so bad that chef Anthony Bordain once said, “No one ever feels better after eating plane food…” With that in mind, here are a couple of food items, and drinks that you may want to avoid while airborne.
Unless you choose a specific airplane meal like a kosher or gluten free one, it’s likely you will be presented with two options — meat or vegetarian. You might think the meat one is a good option, but you may want to think again. All of the hot meals are microwaved, and when it comes to the meat dishes they may be rewarmed more than once. This makes the texture of the meat kind of stringy, and it’s not good to eat meat that has been left out and rewarmed multiple times.
Every airplane bathroom has a faucet with running water. If you look around the bathroom, you will see a sign that says, “Do not drink the tap water.” There are a couple of reasons for this. The first one, is that the water is stored in large tanks within the aircraft. The water can be untreated, and if it is from a developing country it may contain parasites. The second reason is that the water tanks in airplanes are only sanitized about once or twice a year. That means that bacteria can grow within these tanks, and if you drink the tap water you may become quite ill. Always bring a bottle of water when you fly, and ask for more if you need it. Nobody wants to be sick upon arrival at their destination.
This is a tough one. The water used to make tea and coffee while enroute, is the same water that is used in the bathrooms. When water is boiled most parasites and bacteria are killed off, which makes it safe to drink. However, knowing that the water has come from these tanks may make you think twice about saying, “Yes” to the complimentary tea and coffee. If you need a caffeine fix, just wait until you land and hit the first coffee shop you see.
When in doubt, always pack a few snacks and a large bottle of water for any flight. It’s always better to be overprepared, than underprepared.