Why does airline food taste so bland?
October 14, 2010 10:52 AM Subscribe
posted by philipy (52 comments total)
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Why is airline food so often tasteless? It looks like there are many factors, and even the background noise in the cabin
affects people's perceptions of taste.
That's on top of things like the effects of low air pressure and reduced moisture in the air
on the palate. And it's not as if airlines haven't been trying hard to improve, especially now that meals are often not free, and they're increasingly competing with in-the-airport options
In the meantime, if the airline chefs haven't found ways to compensate, it looks like your best bet could be to go for more strongly flavored foods, such as spicy ethnic dishes. Apparently tomato-based sauces hold up well, but creamy and lemony ones don't.