I’m a flight attendant – here’s the food and drinks you should NEVER eat on a plane

A flight attendant has revealed the foods and drinks you should never eat on a plane.

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A flight attendant revealed the foods and drinks you should never eat on a plane


A flight attendant revealed the foods and drinks you should never eat on a planePhoto credit: Getty

And one experienced crew member has warned against drinking water during a flight.

Whytney, who works for a major US airline, said: “It depends on how often the pipes are cleaned.”

“Most flight attendants don’t drink tap water, coffee or tea.”

This means passengers can opt for bottled water for safety and prevent dehydration by avoiding salty snacks.

Whytney told that Huffington Postthe problem isn’t so much in the US as in other countries that don’t have similar regulations.

Meanwhile, other crew members suggested not eating steaks and fillets due to the way they were prepared.

A Delta Air Lines flight attendant, who asked to remain anonymous, told the outlet, “If you know exactly how you want your steak cooked, don’t eat it.”

“The ovens are so big and they only fit limited food.”

The way the food is cooked thousands of feet in the air means the meat is usually overcooked and difficult to eat.

Whytney has bad news for Britons who enjoy a refreshing pint or glass of wine while flying.

She advised passengers not to consume alcohol, as it has a negative effect on the body due to the high altitude during the flight.

dr Clare Morrison, a doctor at MedExpress, told HuffPost UK: “Air pressure in the cabin of an airplane is lower than normal.”

“The lower levels of oxygen in your blood means you may appear drunker in the air than you would on the ground if you had consumed the same amount of alcohol.”

If you drink, avoid aerated alcohol like prosecco, champagne, and fizzy drinks as these can make you even more bloated.

It is also recommended to avoid cheese as it is “not too fresh”.

Whytney adds that passengers should also avoid salty foods like pasta, soups and meat sandwiches.

Something that is overly processed or has too much sodium can lead to a dehydrated headache, constipation, or fatigue.

Registered nutritionist Vanessa Rissetto said: “Due to pressure changes, some people retain water during a flight.”

She advised, “Try electrolyte tablets or coconut water to help stay hydrated, and try whole foods like veggies and fruits or lean protein to help you feel better.”

If you’re traveling with family, you should also avoid bringing smelly things on the plane – flight crew said boiled eggs, fish and even broccoli were their biggest annoyances.

A flight attendant said: “If you open the container, the broccoli is in there when it’s cooked, oh my god I want to throw up. It is so bad.”

So far, passengers have been advised to avoid pasta as it “doesn’t warm up well” – while buns are so high in carbohydrates that they can significantly worsen jet lag.

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Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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