Unless you're traveling internationally, most airlines will charge you for food—and the options won't necessarily be all that appealing. Not that long ago I was flying from New York to San Diego and was shocked to discover that no meal was offered on such a long flight. To make matters worse, the flight attendants had run out of snacks by the time they made their way to me (I was at the very back of the plane).
I learned my lesson, of course, and now always bring a snack. What I bring depends on many factors including how much time I have to prepare beforehand (e.g. do I prepare something at home or do I buy something at the airport), how long my flight is, and what time of day I'm flying. In general, I try to steer clear of foods that are too odiferous out of respect for my fellow passengers. And I try to choose things that will stay fresh for a while. For me, that usually means pretzels, a sandwich on a baguette (baguettes are important as they're less likely to get soggy, like regular bread will) and some kind of fruit—I prefer apples.
In a follow up post I'd like to put together a list of the best snacks for airline travel—and I'd like your help. What are some of the things that you think make for a good airline snack? Do you think it's worthwhile to consider your fellow passengers when packing food? Or do you think that, with all of the fees and rules, it's everyone for him or herself when it comes to eating in the air? I'm eager to hear your thoughts!
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