There has been much talk recently in relation to airlines making a big effort to improve the quality of their inflight meals.
There has been much talk recently in relation to airlines making a big effort to improve the quality of their inflight meals. On board meals are notoriously awful and people dread being given awful food, especially on long haul flights.
The problem, is that taste buds are altered at high altitude, making food taste dry and bland. With the aim to better the quality of their food, airlines have sought the help of scientists to determine how to best make improvements.
Research by some biologists has shown that the atmosphere within an aircraft, with its low humidity levels, can dehydrate passengers and indicates that at high altitude, around one third of an individual’s taste buds stop working correctly. This would explain a lot, and those responsible for preparing airline food have tried to tackle some of these issues by seasoning food more heavily and attempting to make food taste more flavoursome. To handle issues that affect the flavour of wine at high altitude airlines tend to serve the full bodied varieties which taste much better than others.
Other research indicates that noise can significantly impact upon the way we taste our food. The white noise generated by engines can impact on the taste of the food too. These reasons could be why airline food is so bad.
It has to be said, that in terms of food presentation, many airlines fail miserably. Although we realise that providing a decent tasting meal using microwaves in a tiny space is challenging, there is absolutely no excuse for making it look awful as well!
Our perception of food is affected a great deal by appearance. When individuals are given a tray full of sloppy looking ‘stuff’ that looks like it would be more at home in a prison, they will already be thinking that they are not going to enjoy it, regardless of the taste. Terrible food preparation can put a person completely off their meal leaving them with no appetite.
Despite all of the issues they face, many airlines have managed to excel at consistently providing passengers excellent quality food. Whereas others offer travellers food that would surely taste just as bad on the ground!