So this is my meal on a London to New York flight on American Airlines and it was pretty bad. Yes I appreciate that at 30,000 feet its not exactly easy to serve decent food, plus nobody flies AA for the food experience, its an economy airline after all. However none of these things are an excuse for dousing your pasta in so much oil as to make it inedible! The pathetic little salad with its dressing that reminded me of certain bodily fluids, in no way went towards making the meal much better. Infact the only edible thing was the pre-packed Stem Ginger biscuits.
Apparently however,there is a scientific explanation, elevating some of the blame from American Airlines: “At low elevations, the 10,000 or so taste buds in the human mouth work pretty much as nature intended. But step aboard a modern airliner, and the sense of taste loses its bearings. Even before a plane takes off, the atmosphere inside the cabin dries out the nose. As the plane ascends, the change in air pressure numbs about a third of the taste buds, and at 35,000 feet with cabin humidity levels kept low by design to reduce the risk of fuselage corrosion, xerostomia or cotton mouth sets in. This explains why airlines tend to salt and spice food heavily. Without all that extra kick, food tastes bland.” ( Reference: Hugh Pickens, Slashdot)
Jellygoodfood bottom line:
If flying American Airlines definitely eat before you board the flight.