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5 Airplane Food Hacks You Need To Know Before Your Next Flight

5 airplane food hacks to make the skies friendlier
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One of the downers of traveling is not having any good food to eat. You can try to cram as much terminal food into your carry on as possible, but unless you packed super light, that’s often a difficult ask. And eating on a plane is not ideal, either. Low cabin pressure, recycled air and loud noises all contribute to suppressing our ability to taste and smell food. Here are 5 airplane food hacks to make your air travel a little less hangry.

1. Listen To Music

Professor Charles Spence, author of Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating, suggest putting on noise-cancelling headphones is one of the easiest ways to increase you sense of smell and taste.

2. Order A Glass Of Wine

Wine writer Barry Smith says that high-altitude wines, like Malbec, tend to taste better in the air than on the ground, mainly because the altitude in an airplane is closer to the altitude the grapes were actually grown in.


Before you board, go buy yourself one of those mini 3 oz. bottles booze to sneak into you soda, coffee, seltzer or tomato juice.

4. Make your own fast food

The Loop has recipes, like Pad Thai and Taco Soup, that include nothing more than instant noodles, flavor packets, and travel sized condiments. All you need is some hot water, courtesy of your kind flight attendant, and you’re in business.

5. Order A Vegetarian Dish

When was the last time you had a good cut of meat on a plane? Play it safe.

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