Only way to avoid 'awful' food on planes, according to ex-flight attendant

A FORMER flight attendant has revealed how passengers can avoid 'awful' meals during long-haul travel.

The cabin crew member even explained how meals are prepared in "huge factories in Europe."

With 12 years experience as a flight attendant, Justin Barnes shared his insider knowledge on Facebook about why the plane meals are so bad and how to avoid disappointment.

He said: "Airlines have to supply thousands upon thousands of meals a week. Economy meals are generally made in huge factories in Europe, churning out millions of meals a year as cheaply as possible, frozen and then shipped all over.

"The more premium meals are made in huge big kitchens at the airports and then chilled so they are a bit fresher."

As a result, the best way to avoid a rubbish meal is to simply avoid them.

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He added: "Your food is never going to be amazing. It may be good sometimes or edible at best, or it may be downright awful, dry and taste like s***.

“So my advice is this. In your hand luggage, pack yourself a ton of snacks, drinks, sweets, and fruit and whatever else takes your fancy.”

Dodgy-tasting plane food isn't always the chef's fault though, it's also down to your taste buds changing on flights.

The air on planes is extremely dry, which can dry out your nasal passages and make your taste buds less perceptive.

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Think about the last time you had a cold – your sense of smell is weakened, so is your sense of taste, and that's what happens when your nose dries out on a plane.

On top of that, the low cabin pressure decreases the levels of oxygen in your blood. That means the part of your nervous system that responds to smells becomes less sensitive, making your sense of smell even worse.

However, there is a way that you can make your plane food more palatable.

An Oxford professor has revealed that wearing noise-cancelling headphones while eating can actually make your food taste better.

Professor Charles Spence, an expert on taste and food, said the noise of the engine on a plane can make food taste more bitter by up to 10 per cent.

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