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Tray Tables One Of Dirtiest Parts Of Airplanes, Say Researchers

There probably isn’t a surface area on your flight that would meet your personal standard of cleanliness, but Canadian researchers have found tray tables to be among the dirtiest areas on an airplane.

It can’t be easy deep-cleaning an airplane, as you have people coming in and out, multiples times a day, but you would think there’d be some extra care put into the area where food is placed.

The CBC’s “Marketplace” TV show put out a study where researchers went on 18 flights on three different airlines and started collecting samples throughout the planes.


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In those samples, they found several types of bacteria, from yeast to E. coli.

You will be happy to know that those tray tables weren’t the absolute dirtiest spots, as those distinctions belong to the headrests, followed by seat belts. Tray tables were in the top five, though.

Obviously attendants do their best to clean out the planes, but the study also concluded that attendants are just in too much of a hurry to really get into the nooks and crannies.

If you want to feel a little better about your flight, you can remind yourself that this was done in Canada, and give any other country’s flights the benefit of the doubt.

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44 Airlines Reveal Exactly What Coffee They Serve On Flights

We never really thought about the different types of coffee that airlines would serve. The only times we really ask for a steamy cup of the caffeinated beverage is during the tail-end of red eye flights, and at this point any form of caffeine is more than welcome.

Dripped Coffee created a massive infographic that details the exact coffee brands served on 44 different commercial airlines from around the world.

If you’re one to be picky over the brands of coffee you fuel yourself with, definitely check out this infographic and adjust your airlines accordingly.

Grab yourself a cup of java, a few packets of sugar, and a splash of creamer and enjoy this beautifully designed infographic. It seems Nescafé and Illy are pretty popular internationally.

Coffee Served on 44 Airlines Around the World


In-flight Full Power Charge Men’s Meal is Carbo-loaded For His Pleasure


There is literally no reason I can think of that warrants the incredulous carb nature of this meal other than to induce a sick case of food coma.

Garuda International, an Asian airline, is rolling out these men only in-flight meals for travelers bound for Jakarta and Denpasar, Bali. The full name for this crazy meal is “In-flight Full Power Charge ★ Men’s Meal Garuda: Naniwa Special Lunch Fried Rice, Yakisoba, Fried Chicken.”  Yes, the totally unnecessary star is part of the name. Because it wasn’t already a mouthful why not mix things up and add a superfluous symbol in it.

As noted by the name above the masculine meal includes fried rice, fried chicken over yakisoba and is served with a roll. The whole thing seems like a bit much but Garuda’s reasoning behind the Full Power Charge was to create “a satisfying, high-volume meal for men onboard”. Still, I think it’s to get the dudes full and happy before they slip into a deep carb ridden sleep.

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The Top 6 Airlines Serving Proper, Edible Food


Everyone loves to complain about how awful airplane food is — inedible, greasy, and an embarrassment to meals on land. But, we’ve managed to find six airlines that actually bring gourmet goodness to 30,000ft. Rather than show you glossy images from plane PRs, we’ve sourced real, honest-to-goodness shots of what’s on offer, so loosen that belt buckle and enjoy:


6. Etihad Airways


The Abu Dhabi-based airline recruited for its “Flying Chef” program at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Their goal is to offer the service and standard of food you’d experience at a five-star restaurant, in first class. Didn’t score first class seats for this (or any) flight? Etihad’s fairly equal opportunity — meals in coach still deliver when it comes to both taste and selection.

North American gateways: Chicago, Washington DC, New York, and Toronto.

Photo: Sarah_Ackerman


5. Cathay Pacific


As one of the first and few airlines to carry in-house skillets, toasters, rice cookers, and steam ovens, travelers wake up to made-to-order fresh toast, organic scrambled eggs, and espresso or cappuccino. Even premium economy passengers are served with metal cutlery, and get Häagen-Dazs for dessert. Still hungry in the back? Everyone’s entitled to unlimited Cup Noodles throughout the flight.

North American gateways: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, and Toronto.

Photo: Sarah_Ackerman



4. Singapore Airlines


This bird’s known for catering meals to each of its specific destinations — experience Hong Kong-style noodles and braised beef short ribs in Chinese wine when you’re headed that-a-way, a traditional Japanese tea service if Tokyo-bound, an incredible thali en route to Delhi, and so on. They put experts in charge — two-time James Beard award winner Suzanne Goin, Michelin three-star restaurant owner and head chef Georges Blanc, and local celebrity Singaporean chef Sam Leong — just to name a few.

North American gateways: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and New York.

Photo: Richard Moross



3. Emirates


Flying first class? Don’t plan on getting any sleep in that fancy lie-flat bed of yours. There’s no time — seven-course meals must be had! If money is an object, and all of yours would fit into your carry-on, don’t fret — dinner in economy starts with slices of smoked tuna served with marinated vegetable salad, followed by a lamb brochette, accompanied by broccoli, roasted baby corn, and steamed rice. Top it off with sticky date pudding, cheese and biscuits, brandy, and chocolate.

North American gateways: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Toronto, Washington DC, New York, and Boston.

Photo: Andy Mitchell



2. Air France


Thibaut Ruggeri, winner of the Bocuse d’Or 2013, and general, all-around fancy-sounding chef, is the man behind Air France’s onboard menus. But don’t get too comfy, Thi-bo — the carrier chooses a new, world-famous chef to recreate their entire raft of meal options every eight months. Frequent (French) Fliers, no need to fear repetition; whatever the route, the meal program is swapped out for another one every ten days.

North American gateways: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Houston, Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Montreal, and Toronto.

Photo: Takato Marui


1. Turkish Airlines


Once again numero uno for ‘best food and beverage’ at this year’s Passenger Choice Awards, Turkish takes the delight and brings it up a notch come meal time. As passengers board, they’re greeted by the flight’s chef (complete in whites and silly hat), as if they’re walking into a restaurant. Go local and opt for appetizers like stuffed eggplant marinated in olive oil, followed by grilled beef with creamy eggplant. M’kay, time to eat.

North American gateways: Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, New York, and Boston.

Photo: Jun Sieta

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