Gross! Here's Why You Might Not Want to Eat Breakfast on an Airplane

Gross! Here's Why You Might Not Want to Eat Breakfast on an Airplane

Something to consider — no matter how you feel about airplane food.

By Alesandra Dubin

Airplane food is a controversial topic: Some people would never touch the stuff (Gordon Ramsay), while others proudly proclaim their love (Chrissy Teigen). But no matter how you feel about airplane food as a general rule, here's why you might want to think twice about eating what you're offered on a flight if that meal is breakfast.

According to a Quora user claiming to be a flight attendant, airplane food in general “very unhealthy" — even raw or vegan options. Specifically, an area of concern is the timeliness of the prep. "The food on your tray is prepared... in the aircraft catering which is often done 12 hours before and even days before the aircraft departure." 

And some of the most dubious options are breakfast items. “The scrambled egg or the omelet that you just had was not only egg but can be a mix of egg and other substitute," according to the user, who advised being skeptical even of the fruit on your tray, which can be loaded with additives to make it appear fresher than it is.

Of course, beverages often served with breakfast are known to be suspect: You'd be wise to reconsider that airplane coffee and tea.

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