The Airport Dweller’s Food Pyramid

Offbeat, Travel Tips — By Alexi Ueltzen on November 9, 2010 at 6:30 am

In the real world, most humans try to achieve a healthy balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables and fats. In the high-security, sterilized world of airports? Not so much.

In a place where fresh food is flat-out unavailable, where anything resembling a normal meal is double its normal price and where most people are trying to avoid eating airline food (again: overpriced and/or not fresh…only more so), the hunt for sustenance is a frustrating one. Airport dwellers see their normal dining options disappear, to be replaced by preservative-laced fast food, trail mix and energy drinks – who doesn’t want to spend their entire plane flight with veins coursing with caffeine and praying for the bathroom to open up?

We came up with the Airport Dweller’s Food Pyramid to help you navigate through the fast food, overpriced meals and bag after bag of airline peanut and/or pretzel packets you’ll encounter when you’re traveling from point A to point B. Print it out, slip it in your passport or boarding pass jacket, or just save it to your smartphone and reference it when necessary.

infographic by Alexi Ueltzen, Airport diner image courtesy of luisvilla/Flickr

Tags: airline, airport, caffeine, expensive, fast food, food, food pyramid, grossly overpriced, health, inforgraphic, peanuts, toblerone

    1 Comment

  • TreLost says:

    So very true. Last weekend I ate, two halves of old Clif Bars found in the bottom of my bag and a $9 parfait at SFO waiting for my flight to Seattle.

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