Before You Eat That Airline Meal, Think Twice

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on August 16, 2010 at 11:15 am

As if airline food doesn’t already get a bum enough rap, The Daily Beast recently put up a post of what they believe are the most dangerous meals you can find in the skies.

Before reading this article, I was preparing myself to be flabbergasted at the unknown deadly risks that airplane food carried with them. Instead, it seems like someone just grabbed six random foods served on a plane and posted fairly obvious risks associated with any food, on an airplane or not, and then stuck a sensational title to it. Here’s the list:

  1. Breakfast burrito
  2. Turkey sandwich
  3. Chicken entrée
  4. Crackers
  5. Pretzels
  6. Peanuts

The risks stated for these foods include “if improperly prepared or expired, can be at risk for salmonella” and “eating spoiled meat can result in an E.coli infection.” Their issue with peanuts? “Improperly prepared peanuts can have a toxic mold called aflatoxin that can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, and, in extreme cases, death.”

Perhaps the biggest stretch were the pretzels, which they say “if improperly sealed, pretzels can go stale.” Worst airline meals? Potentially stale pretzels?

Perhaps slightly more helpful, the Chicago Tribune posted an article about which airlines have the worst food. American Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways were reported as having the worst, while Singapore Airlines and Air France topped the list for best in-flight meals. The Huffington Post put up a rather amusing slideshow of their Top 5 Worst Airline Meals of All Time, which included airlines like Estonian Air, Air Botswana, and (surprisingly?) Alitalia.

(Ed. note: I might be one of the few that actually enjoys airline meals. With an increasing number of airlines no longer serving free meals, whenever I get that tin foil covered container set in front of me, it’s like a mini-Christmas. And I’ve never gotten sick from it. Also, we are curious as to what that bright green drink is on Air Botswana.)

[Image: Marshall Astor / Flickr]

Tags: airlines, flying, food, meals

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