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airplane food - the best and the worst

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airplane food - the best and the worst

Hallie | Apr 15, 2003 12:31 PM

In May I'm going to be doing a lot of travelling, both transatlantic and within the US. My company has booked me on American Airlines, a carrier I've never used before. This got me thinking about what to expect, particularly where in-flight food is concerned. From recent experiences on other airlines, I'm wondering if I should pack an airborne picnic.

I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed but since 9/11 airline food seems to have got worse and portions even more meagre. Obviously, the airlines now have more important things to think about like how to avoid filing chapter 11, and how to prevent people with explosive laiden objects on their person from boarding their flights. However, having said all of this, I'm now paying a good 30% more for a ticket then in the past and on an 11 hour flight, I feel entitled to something at least vaguely edible to staunch my hunger.

In the past, Virgin Atlantic did passable food - not anymore. They have also cut out a meal on the London -Los Angeles flight. United Airlines served me something that after the first 3 bites I was still unable to determine as being either chicken or fish. Now that's bad.

I was curious, who do you think of the major carriers, provides the best in-flight meals (first and business class excluded)?

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