Why does food taste bad on a plane? No matter how fancy our in-flight meals are
An aircraft cabin is actually drier than some moisture deserts can be measured in less than 12 percent in some cases. In an environment like this, your taste and smell start to drift. Perfume actually begins to deteriorate the minute you step on a plane, but once your mounted air stung.
The sweet and salty foods are those that suffer the most. A study of physical Fraunhofer Institute building, the atmosphere in an aircraft cabin, your ability to detect these tastes of about 30 percent, think like your taste buds go numb. The good news: All these other delicious flavors (spicy, bitter, sour) will still make an appearance in flight. So what to do when you are looking to offset the taste lost? Add more salt, of course, and that’s exactly what the airlines do.
Your body has a taste of wine and other alcohol differently than your body dries up, as well. Liquids tend to expand and contract as the environment changes. On a plane, the wines can thin and more acidic taste than they would on the ground at your favorite restaurants (even if it is the same wine).
One way around this: If you’re going to have a glass of wine on your flight, do it early when you are less dehydrated.
Low pressure and humidity can not be the only thing to blame: BBC also shared that people eating while supporting increased noise brought the food to be less salty and sweeter than what they do when eating in a quieter setting. That said, umami-fifth the magic taste that adds another dimension to “tasty”, is said to be intensified in noisy areas.
In fact, many heads of airlines use to their advantage by incorporating umami foods (think algae added crusts) in what would otherwise be out bland and unsatisfying. Another thing to keep in mind when ordering: certain flavors like cardamom, curry and lemon grass more intense taste of cruise heights.
These airlines score high on flavor radar:
- Qantas: Chef Neil Parry has introduced a range of healthy meals (think fish, salads and steamed veg) across all flight classes.
- Qatar: Who needs one star chef when you can have four? Qatar introduced its Culinary World Menu last year for first and business classes (chefs Nobu Matsuhisa, Tom Aikens, Vineet Bhatia and Ramzi Choueiri have all contributed). A highlight? A classic mezze of hummus, tabbouleh, muhammara and lahim bil agine.
- Singapore Airlines: Its Book The Cook service for premier classes allows you to place your order 24 hours before, with a choice of over 60 gourmet dishes.