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I Love Airline Food

I Love Airline Food

Am I the only one who actually likes airline food?

Maybe it’s just the sheep mentality where you just say what your friends say (or whoever happens to be talking). I suppose it’s hip to say airline food is bad and then go into detail about the worst meal you ever had and make sure to describe how rubbery it was and how tasteless the mashed potatoes were. Then you can complain about how the airline was late, lost your luggage and charged you for an extra bag. Like complaining about the post office. It’s always easier to criticize anyway–it doesn’t take much energy, thought or care.

Let’s get a few standard reasons out of the way–which are not the reasons the food is good.

1.) Travel Makes Everything Better

Maybe I’m biased (OK, not maybe), but if I’m traveling, it takes a lot (truckload lot) to annoy me. The plane pretty much needs to not arrive to fluster me. So food, as compared to engines falling off for example, is going to already go from bland to at least interesting just because I’m in a moving vehicle. Preferably a noisy one.

But even if you are a business trip, even on the red-eye from Oakland to Jersey for a meeting you don’t want to go to, you’re still moving, you’re still not in the same place you stood yesterday. You’re going to be somewhere else when you arrive, you don’t know (for certain) what’s going to happen. You know for certain what will happen if you don’t go–nothing. If you go, there’s the chance for change.

2.) I’m Usually with My Family

If my wife and two boys are near me when having a meal, it adds a splash of sauce and a pinch of seasoning to anything. Also, I tend to have bites of whatever my family is eating, so I get to try to the kid menu, too (today is was mac and cheese with yummy burned-to-bottom-crunchy-cheese-delight). My 7-year old fell asleep and I had a few more bites …

3.) I’m Probably Not on a Business Trip

I think the last business trip I was on was in 2002. Probably the last time I had a day job, too. So if I’m in an airplane, I’m probably going somewhere fun–and not related to the branding strategy of a cruise line.

4.) When I Step Foot into an Airport, I’m Immediately Starving

I’ve done informal research into this topic and found I’m not the only one. I can have a full lunch (like today), step through the sliding doors, see an average looking deli, and I lick my lips like a dog. Show me a (large) photo of a (large) cloudy wheat beer and my body will physically and magnetically be pulled in the direction of said signage.

5.) If I’m Going to be Awake All Night Anyway, I’m Allowed to Eat Anything

I’m pretty sure this is scientifically incorrect, but I calculate that I’ll be up all night, my schedule is going to be a mess, and I’m terrible with jetlag (although I actually like jetlag … ) so I can eat more than I normally would–and not gain weight. I think it has something to do with nutritional time zones. Don’t check my scientific sources on this, there aren’t any.

6.) If Meals are Served, We’re Probably Going Really Far

Airlines don’t really serve meals any longer anyway, so if there are meals, we’re probably flying out of the country. The farther, the better. More meals! Yippee!

7.) International Flights Have More Interesting Meals

This might be a combination of #5 and #6, but often different airlines (today we were on ArkeFly … who?) and we had beef in a dreamy creamy sauce, buttery mashed potatoes with steaming hot carrots and green beans, a slice of Swiss cheese, butter, and a thick and crunchy cracker, a side of fresh strawberry, pineapple, pear and blueberries, finished off with carrot cake that I’m pretty sure I licked the bottom of. A travel-size bottle of wine (Euro 3.50), no phone, no work, kids happily watching Mees Kees, shoes off and a view of the planet and, I’m sorry, how can this be bad?

Maybe it’s just the whole journey as the destination philosophy. With a side of carrot cake.

I actually think because flying qualifies for Lounge Chair of Timeless Oblivion status so everything is OK with my world. In fact, it’s better than that, everything is just as it should be. I’m moving, I’m going somewhere, I’ll probably be gone a while. That’s the (OK, I admit it) goal of my life.

So if none of the above is the reason, maybe I just like the food. But the points above are too powerful, I can’t deny their stranglehold on my being. They are the sauce of life.


  1. Sherilee

    I’m impressed at the case you make. When I started reading, I thought the only thing you’d be able to say that I’d agree with would be, “I’m starving, so anything tastes good.” But as I read through your points, I couldn’t help but agree with a few of them. I think the best airline food I’ve ever had was flying to Malaysia, on Singapore Air, I believe. Really good Indian food.

    Last time I flew–just a few weeks back–I was so starved from running from gate to gate and not able to grab anything at the transferring airports, I shelled out the $6 for a snack box. It wasn’t too bad…

    • Bradley

      Wow, I’m so glad you brought this up, “I’m starving, so anything tastes good.” Isn’t it funny (and important) to see how others see the same thing but from a different angle? I didn’t even think about the hunger thing! (Except that weird airport hunger, but I think that’s all in my head).

      “Really good Indian food” kinda kills me. I haven’t had Indian in weeks (a long time for me … ) and I miss it!

      What time is it? I’m starving … 😉

      Thanks for stopping by, Sheri.

  2. Terri M

    I like this post. Some airlines do indeed have pretty good food, such as Singapore Air and Emirates. It is also a treat to relax and let someone else bring you drinks and food, then take the tray away while you watch a movie.

    On another topic – Bradley do you promote your blog by putting your posts on bookmarking or article sites? I found you through the search engine while I was looking up virtual assistant information. I am new to blogging, wondering if you have recommendations.
    Thanks, Teri

    • Bradley

      Hi Terri,

      I didn’t think of it that way: it is nice to let someone else bring you drinks and food and then watch a movie. It’s like a movie theater with dinner service!

      No, I don’t really promote this site much at all, but I’ve thought that I should. That you found me through a search engine is great, but as you noticed, you found me through searching for virtual assistant information, not, for example, something about travel–or enjoying travel and even enjoying airline food.

      Thanks so much for the comment–it gets me thinking that I should promote this site more.

  3. anonymous

    Haha I also really love airline food, everyone thinks I’m mad lol!


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