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Buying Airline Meals

I was recently on a long evening flight and had to buy something to eat from the food cart. I’m not sure why the Delta Travel Treats snack box appealed, but it did. The shrink-wrapped box promised dried fruit, chips, cheese, crackers and salami. This was the “salami.” I couldn’t touch it — it looked too much like pet treats — though my sister enjoyed it later.
Have you ordered food on a flight? Anything good?

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January 13th, 2010
11:44 am

Hilarious! Before I even got to the first sentence, I thought to myself, “Ick! Dog treats for people!” To answer your question: sadly, I’ve never had decent food on a national airline. I have, however, had surprisingly good food on British Airways (they did a pretty generous pour in their drinks as well, last I had them).


January 13th, 2010
12:03 pm

Tasty!!! There is no way that I would ever consider that salami though…. I think what’s even worse is the price you pay for what they give you. I take my own snacks now. It can be a pain, but it’s worth it.


January 13th, 2010
1:43 pm

On a trip to Portland, Oregon on Alaska Airlines, they served Jones Soda instead of the ever present and much loved Coca-Cola. Being an Atlanta native, I usually shun anything not Coke, but then I realized that it’s a pure cane sugar cola instead of the awful high fructose corn syrup in today’s Coke. I was thrilled and instantly hooked. I just wish I could find it here in the ATL.


January 13th, 2010
2:50 pm

Maggie – You can get Jones Soda Company drinks at Target, Kroger, and Publix. They’re usually near the IBC root beer.

Agreed on the British Airways remarks. They’re the only airline that I fly internationally.

I have had the misfortune of being ill prepared for a mid-morning flight from San Francisco back to Atlanta. Got hungry about halfway through the flight and had to buy something to eat. The snack box was the only thing that didn’t make me want to vomit while reading the description, but it sure made me want to vomit after I’d consumed it. Didn’t touch the “salami” either.


January 13th, 2010
3:07 pm

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww !!! It looks exactly like cow “nuggets”, if cows produced “nuggets”, instead of “pies”. If this comment gets reported I understand completely, just calling like I see it.

Scuba Steve

January 13th, 2010
3:37 pm

It’s called beef jerky people! What a bunch of food snobs!


January 13th, 2010
3:57 pm

The cheese box is pretty good…

Kathleen Purvis

January 13th, 2010
3:57 pm

Don’t get me going on what the no-liquids rule has done to my ability to pack my own. (The Balducci’s kiosk at JFK Terminal 3 charges such a high price for a soda, it is clearly gouging.) The one decent treat that gets me through a bad trip is Delta’s biscotti cookies eaten with a pack of salted peanuts. I evil-eye the flight attendant to make sure I get both. Add a bourbon on ice and I can even get over flight-delay surliness.


January 13th, 2010
6:35 pm

I fly A LOT and have for many years… By and large, the food has improved. There are more choices and some even taste pretty good. On a flight this past Saturday to NYC, I had a Mediterranean chicken salad that was really fresh and tasty and could have been served at any number of restaurants here in Atlanta. I’ve also had the “mystery” box before and some of its contents are alright as well; they’re all name brand foodstuffs, some even higher end. I agree that calling “Jack Link’s Beef Nuggets” salami is a bit of a stretch but then again, I don’t buy that stuff when I’m at Quicktrip either…. In the end, I remind myself that I’m on that airplane because it’s still the fastest and safest way to get from point A to point B and that while flying has become seemingly commonplace… there’s really nothing commonplace about hurling through the stratosphere in a chair, in a metal tube, at 8/10’s the speed of sound, some 7 or 8 miles above the earth’s surface. When you keep that in perspective, the food, the movies and now the WiFi internet become a little less significant. I’ve never had a restaurant fly me anywhere….


January 13th, 2010
8:23 pm

For those of you complaining about the “Jack Link’s Beef Nuggets” being called salami, it appears that with so many things in life we only read what we want. The line below the items continues to say that this is an example and items may vary. For many months there was salami in the boxes and have only this month changed the entire contents to provide variety to those that travel often.


January 13th, 2010
9:01 pm

The trail mix is safe and reasonably priced (on Delta). Cheaper than in an airport store anyway.


January 14th, 2010
6:11 am

Haven’t had much luck on domestic flights…but I’ve had very nice meals on Air India (delicious curry) and Air France (real Champagne).


January 14th, 2010
7:31 am

Britsh Airways have the best of everything. On our flight to London, it seemed that they woke us up frequently for some sort of treat. The seats on the plane that we were on were like recliners, and we got blankets and pillows at no charge. When I fly in the states, the flights aren’t long enough for me to eat anything, and if I am hungry, I usually pull out a candy bar or something else that I buy before boarding the plane.

Michael Scharff

January 14th, 2010
7:57 am

I got the Delta box with the hummus back in the late summer – it was actually quite appealing and tasty.


January 14th, 2010
8:06 am

Maggie – I think that they have Jones Soda at Panera Bread and Cost Plus World Market.

John Kessler

January 14th, 2010
8:11 am

I guess if they had said “beef jerky nuggets” on the box I wouldn’t have been surprised. The funny thing is this: my sister had no issues with the bag of Snausages, but the next night at dinner she got grossed out by the guanciale (cured pork jowl) in her pasta. To each his own.
Purvis! (food editor at the Charlotte Observer Has a steward/ess ever denied you both peanuts and cookies?
Shelly – got the cheese box on the way back. It was pretty good.

UGA Trained Teacher

January 14th, 2010
8:16 am

Delta to Hawaii flight, I had the fruit and cheese plate. Fresh, tasty, and price was as good as ATL vendors. I always travel with my own food too.


January 14th, 2010
8:16 am

The fruit and cheese plate on Delta flights is pretty tasty. As well as, any of the Todd English selections.


January 14th, 2010
8:51 am

pack my own or buy a salad at the airport. The Wolfgang Puck stuff is generally pretty decent.


January 14th, 2010
12:17 pm

I echo the praise for British Airways. Last year I was on a 2-hour flight between England and France and was served a wonderful gourmet sandwich (with fancy British cheese and Indian chutney!) in economy class. 2 hours within the US and you get 5 peanuts and a few ounces of a beverage.


January 14th, 2010
1:36 pm

I once flew on Air France. The box lunch had a wonderful selection of sliced cured meats and cheeses, a mini-baguette, a fresh side salad, and a small bottle of wine. It was the best airline meal I’ve ever had. The funniest part of it was that each box included a typewritten note in French and English apologizing for serving a cold meal (I can’t remember the reason, though. It maybe had to do with a threatened labor strike or something)! Of course, this was ten years ago, so things may have changed…


January 15th, 2010
11:55 am

I generally pack my own snacks. Apples and bananas will make it through security, as will Trader Joe’s packages of trail mix, nuts, dried fruit or any of their other goodies. If I can’t find the individual packages, I pack my own snack bags. Also, individually wrapped string cheese.

John Kessler

January 15th, 2010
3:32 pm

I’ve liked Korean Air, which always serves a bi bim bap with a little tube of chile paste. Once I took an overnight flight on the Bangladeshi flag carrier. Dinner was two fried green balls. Breakfast the next morning was a plate of spiced scrambled eggs topped with two fried green balls.


January 22nd, 2010
3:59 pm

As a frequent flier on Delta, if I know I’ll be getting a first class upgrade I generally don’t bring snacks, as the meals and snack tray are pretty acceptable. But if I know I’m in economy and it’s a long flight, I have to bring my own snacks even if it’s as simple as some good granola. You can get any of that through security, so why not save a few bucks and have something a little better. Last fall I flew from Newark, NJ to Honolulu, 10 hour flight on Continental. The “meal” was one of those gross vending machine style cheeseburgers in a bag. How generous of them, considering the ticket cost over $800! The smell alone made me want to puke.