Food tips

Former flight attendant shares dietary advice to avoid ‘awful’ meals on long journeys

A former flight attendant has revealed his top tips for ensuring you get a tasty meal on your long-distance travels.

Justin Barnes, who has spent more than 12 years working in cabin crew, took to Facebook to share the advice after seeing ‘so many’ complaints about poor airline food.

The ex-stewardess explained that all the food on the plane is basically a cooked meal that is reheated in a large oven on board.

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“Airlines have to provide thousands of meals a week. Economy meals are usually prepared in huge factories in Europe, producing millions of meals a year at the best possible price, frozen and then shipped everywhere,” he wrote.

“The most high-end meals are prepared in huge, large kitchens at airports and then chilled to make them a little ‘fresher’.

Julian Barnes worked in cabin crew for 12 years

“My main point in all of this is that your food will never be amazing. It can be good sometimes or edible at best, or it can be downright awful, dry and taste like crap.

Barnes advised passengers to make sure they pack their own bag full of snacks and drinks so they can keep going throughout their journey.

“So my advice is this. In your carry-on, pack yourself a ton of snacks, drinks, sweets, and fruit (for God’s sake, make sure you eat that!) and whatever else takes your fancy,” he said. -he declares.

“If you have that attitude, then when you’re served something that you don’t like or you can’t eat or won’t eat, you won’t be hungry.”

Barnes advised customers to buy snacks before boarding the plane

Barnes also took the opportunity to share some of the craziest experiences he had with hungry customers while a flight attendant, including asking the crew to just “drop a sandwich” or accusing them of ruining the whole vacation because they didn’t. get their first choice meal.

“If you follow this advice, you won’t have to yell at the cabin crew that you’ll only eat chicken and demand that they do something after you’ve been told there’s no chicken. had more,” he joked.

“You also won’t have to ask crazy questions like if we didn’t just have fries (yes the fried variety!!) or if we couldn’t “drop a sandwich”.”

Barnes said he has even seen customers demanding that the crew demand that the crew give up their own food or snacks to give them.

Commenters had mixed reactions to the advice

His post garnered hundreds of comments, with one commenter saying he thought it was “astonishing” that people expect restaurant-quality food on an airplane.

However, others joked that they actually enjoyed the food on board, with one woman commenting: “I love airline food! It’s part of the vacation! Maybe I’m just weird…”

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