Going on holidays is something most people look forward to all year round. But one thing many people hate is plane food. So why does food in the air taste so bad?
Passengers’ taste buds are the culprit when it comes to bad food experiences in the air.
It could be the fault of passengers’ nasal passages, which have been dried out by the dry air on planes.
They make taste buds less receptive, turning everything flavourless.
It gets worse, as low cabin pressure also lowers the level of oxygen in passengers’ blood.
This makes holidaymakers’ sense of smell worst, and it turns decreases the flavour of plane food.
According to Oxford Professor Charles Spence, the noise of air travel makes food taste more bitter by 10 percent.
He said: “The lower cabin pressure, dry cabin air and loud engine noise all contribute to our inability to taste and smell food and drink.”
But it was not all lost for food-loving holidaymakers.
The pandemic has put a damper on air travel and some holidaymakers are desperately trying to recapture pre-pandemic times by eating plane food on the ground.
Frequent flier Nik Loukas started Inflight Feed, where he posts about plane food.
He’s reviewed more than 150 airlines and is usually very positive about the food he’s being served.
Nik was not the only flier to love plane food, and some took to consuming it even when flights were grounded during the pandemic.
Airlines and their caterers have been selling their surplus food to nostalgic holidaymakers.
Garuda Indonesia even went so far as including the plastic tray and cutlery into their deal.
AirAsia’s Santan food brand is expanding its 15 stores in Malaysia to 100 franchises worldwide, proving airline food really does have customers, even on the ground.