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Why do people feel like they need to eat on an airplane?

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Why do people feel like they need to eat on an airplane?

ipsedixit | Oct 5, 2008 10:51 PM

Most flights, aside from those grueling transatlantic flights from NYC to India, are short enough that a "meal" really isn't necessary.

Take a flight from from LA to NYC as an example. It's approx. 6 hours. Eat a meal beforehand and then eat when you land. You should be fine.

Will you really suffer from starvation if you don't eat anything for 6 hours? I mean, really, it's not like you're doing anything grueling for those 6 hours, right? Sitting there and fidgeting with those silly lap belts isn't exactly enough exercise to work up a real appetite, right?

Plus, do you really want to eat anything -- much less a "meal" -- in a germ infested place like an airplane cabinet? Who knows what the prior passenger did on those armrests, or how flatulence-inclined that person was?

Long way of saying, most flights aren't long enough to really justify the need for a full meal. Plus, most people could stand to skip a meal, or two, or three ...

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