Reader Mark S from Portland emailed that his flight attendant roommate assisted Condé Nast Traveler in coming up with their list of food and drinks you should avoid in the air. We couldn’t’ republish the full-list, but three items from the list are shared below and you can check out their full list.
Commercial pilot Laura Einsetler, aka Captain Laura, steers clear of eggs when she eats onboard since there’s no way for them to be both safe to eat and delicious. “I’ve personally been sick twice from eggs not being cooked well enough,” she says. “If they’re not cooked to a consistency of rubber, you’ll want to pass on them.”
Bloody Mary mix
Tomato juice is one of the most popular onboard drinks; the umami factor kicks in at 30,000 feet, activating your taste buds to appreciate savory foods like tomatoes. But don’t succumb to the lure of that Bloody Mary mix: It’s loaded with sodium, which can cause swelling at altitude. It also makes you thirstier, forcing you to drink more water to offset it—cue more bloating, and lots of inconvenient bathroom trips.
Food after a delay
When passengers are asked to deplane, say, because of a mechanical problem or weather, the catering carts will remain onboard. “The food is just sitting there, and in the summer, it will be without air conditioning,” warns Laurie, who often opted not to sell fruit and cheese boxes in that scenario. He recalls one flight that took off after an eight-hour delay, where a first class passenger asked about dinner service. “I told him the meal had been cooked on a Sunday, you were supposed to leave on Monday, and now it’s early in the morning on Tuesday, with the food onboard for 10 hours. You decide.” The frequent flier opted to go hungry.
Full list here.