‘I’m a flight attendant – book the front seats in economy for the best food’

Some people love plane food while many hate it finding the pre-prepared dishes bland or stodgy.

But, when you're being fed as part of your ticket very few Brits would turn the dishes away.

Airplane meals have improved over the last 10 years or so with chefs and specialists being bright in to design menus that can withstand the cabin's pressure and taste nice.

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However, this can all be for nothing if the only option left by the time you get your meal is one you would never have chosen.

Passengers with special dietary needs – such as vegetarians, those with religious needs or allergies – should always pre-book their dish before boarding.

For the rest of us, one cabin crew member has explained how you can maximise your chances of getting the meal you want when flying.

Kamila Jakubjakova, a flight attendant of a number of years has shared how she maximising her chances of eating what she wants, reports the Mirror.

If you pre-book your seat, chose the front of the plane or as close to it as you can get in economy, she notes.

Not only is turbulence felt less than at the tail, but you’ll feel the benefit when it comes to mealtimes.

"The food service usually starts from the front of the airplane, so you'll get to dine first if you sit in the very first rows of an aircraft," she told eShores.

"Sitting in the front rows also means you're more likely to get your preferred choice of meal if two meal options are available."

Kamila also advises bringing your own food when flying, to avoid leaving the plane parched.

"Due to different air pressure and dry air inside the airplane, our sense of smell reduces roughly by 20%, and so does the sensitivity of our taste buds, making the food taste blander," she explained

"Therefore, the aircraft food is often over salted. For this reason, I prefer to bring my own snacks when I fly."

All that salty food could leave you gasping for a drink – but it’s best to avoid the water on planes, some aviation pros say.

While the quality varies between airlines, a Healthline report found microorganisms present in some water on planes, including the total coliform bacteria.

Kamila adds that the water may not be the best, however, it does have to follow certain hygiene standards.

"Bottled water would be my first choice as the water tanks don't get cleaned often due to time constraints," she said.

"That being said, over my flying career I drank countless cups of tea and coffee when I needed a caffeine boost to stay up on night flights, and I never had any issues.

"Although the aircraft water is definitely not the best quality, they have to follow the hygiene and sanitation standards."

As well as noshing on too much salty food, sitting at the back and downing too much plane water, airline pilot Patrick Smith believes one of the most common mistakes travellers make is rushing to the gate when boarding is announced.

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"When your flight is called for boarding, resist the urge to stand up and get in line immediately. In the past, people stayed in their seats until their row or zone was called," he commented.

"Nowadays, when the first pre-boarding call is announced, two-hundred people instantly stand up and form a mob, blocking the way for those passengers whose zones are actually being called.

"People are forced to literally elbow and shove their way to the front. It’s madness, and there’s no need for it.

"Standing in line does not get you on the plane any faster. On the contrary, it makes the already tedious boarding process take longer."


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