Should you eat the food on the plane? Flight attendant warns about this

Apparently we shouldn’t eat the food on the plane.

And no, it’s not just because the rolls always taste a bit stale or that the scrambled eggs leave a powdery taste in your mouth (although both reasons are definitely valid).

According to a flight attendant, there’s actually a very good health reason to skip meal service when flying.

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Why you shouldn’t drink tap water on a plane

Despite being the person giving you these meals, a flight attendant shared why we shouldn’t eat airplane food.

Speak with Express, Flight attendant Celia Bedding initially said passengers should avoid drinking tap water on board, even if they think it could save them money on drinks.

“To all the passengers out there, whether you are a frequent flyer, an occasional flyer, a seasonal flyer or a soon-to-be first-time flyer, I want to say: NEVER drink tap water from the airplane toilet,” he told Bedding.

“Many studies have shown that it is not hygienic to drink. You may have already seen the sign as it is attached to the faucet on most aircraft.”

“Maybe you thought it was just a way to get you to buy a drink. But actually it’s for your own health. So definitely don’t drink tap water on the plane.”

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Why you shouldn’t eat the food on the plane

As for food, Bedding recommends avoiding it as much as possible as it contains large amounts of salt, which is harmful to health, especially when flying.

Why are airplane meals so salty?

Apparently it’s because people lose around 30 percent of their taste buds due to cabin pressure.

To account for this, the companies that prepare the airline food add a lot more salt so that it still tastes good at 40,000 feet.

To avoid this, Linen says you should opt for things like salad or fruit, as these tend to contain less or no salt.

“Also, make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after a flight to stay hydrated.”

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Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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