Travel expert shares tip to avoid ‘awful’ meals during long-haul flights

A travel expert has issued advice on how jet-setters can avoid “awful” meals on long-haul flights.

Justin Barnes worked as a flight attendant for 12 years and shared his tips on Facebook. The former cabin crew member posted the advice in response to the “many complaints” he sees slamming the quality of airplane food on the social media platform.

Justin explained airplane food is prepared in advance and reheated during the flight. He said: “Airlines have to supply 1000s upon thousands of meals a week.

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“Economy meals are generally made in huge factories in Europe, churning out millions of meals a year as cheaply as possible, frozen and then shipped all over. The more premium meals are made in huge big kitchens at the airports and then chilled so they are a bit ‘fresher’” – as Manchester Evening News report s.

The ex-flight attendant said this means the food is “never going to be amazing” and advised passengers to ensure they are well stocked with their own snacks for the long journey. He added: “It may be good sometimes or edible at best, or it may be downright awful.

“So my advice is this. In your hand luggage, pack yourself a ton of snacks, drinks, sweets, and fruit (for God’s sake make sure you eat this though!) and whatever else takes your fancy. If you go with this attitude then when you’re served up something you don’t like or can’t eat or won’t eat then you won’t go hungry.”

Justin shared some of the craziest experiences he had with hungry customers while he was a flight attendant, including asking the crew to just “knock up a sandwich,” or accusing them of ruining the whole holiday because they didn’t get their first choice meal.

He added: “If you follow this advice, you won’t need to scream in the cabin crew members face that you will only eat the chicken and demand that they do something after you’ve been told it’s run out.”

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