Inflight meals get a pretty bad press, and with good reason. They’re grim. Even on decent airlines. Just the thought of peeling back that foil is enough to make stomachs twitch. No one is really sure what the airlines are playing at: flying is a harrowing and unnatural experience as it is, so why passengers must be subjected to hellish cuisine too is beyond rational explanation.
Women in particular, it seems, have had enough. In a recent survey by Maiden Voyage and Inflight Feed of over 100 women, 76% said they felt airlines were not doing enough to cater for their needs. The main gripe was that there are too many carbs in the meals and that they are more suited for males. Other grievances were that meals are too expensive, that there is little choice and that things sell out too quickly.
Fascinating stuff indeed. But what to do about it? Well, if you’re fortunate enough to be flying with either Skywork, a Swiss airline, or Kullaflyg, a Swedish airline, you can sit back and relax, for they both buck the trend. Skywork, rather charmingly, will serve a meal based on the cuisine of the destination you’re flying to – and a good one at that. And Kullaflyg offers only healthy, organic inflight food. Nom.
If you don’t happen to be flying with the latter, there are some general tips of which you should take note. Firstly, try to sit as close to the front of the plane as possible; you’ll be much more likely to get your first choice when the meal cart comes round. Secondly, many of the major airlines now offer Business Class meals to economy passengers for a small fee – you will have to book in advance, but they are a cut above the rest and therefore worth it. Thirdly, you can order a ‘special’ meal, which are often more palatable and will be served first (56% of the women surveyed said they often do this and get good results). And finally, there is always the option to bring food on board. Regarding budget airlines, 40% of the women surveyed said they do this.
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