Airline food is gross. We knew that.

What we didn’t know was how gross.

You know in the movie Airplane! when everyone who ordered the fish gets food poisoning? Then they start coughing up eggs, which, when cracked, set free little live birds?

This is so much worse.

According to a report published today in USA Today, FDA inspectors found all sorts of awful things at the U.S. facilities of LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet, and Flying Food Group, which collectively operate 91 kitchens that provide more than 400 million meals to U.S. airports each year. Mousies and roaches and flies, oh my!

The FDA reported that many facilities stored food at improper temperatures (prime environments for bacteria breeding), used dirty equipment and handled food with dirty hands, employed inadequate pest control, and failed to cook raw meats to adequate temperatures. Samples from the kitchen at a Denver post of LSG Sky Chefs tested positive for listeria, which can cause fatal infections in the young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Here on out, if food is offered on our flights, we’re going to stick with the little bottles of alcohol. They’re antiseptic.

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