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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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This Airline Will Cater To Your Most Unexpected Food Cravings

Airline food is usually hit or miss for me. When I’m about to fly, I usually try to eat something before boarding. Because of this, I usually stick with pretzels and ginger ale when actually in the air.

But if you’re a fan of feasting while flying, there’s a private jet booking company called FlyXO.com that has a glowing reputation of letting passengers order just about ANYTHING their hearts desire during flights.

Passengers on the airline are able to make their request 24 hours before their flight, and the airline will do their best to accommodate their cravings.

Remember those stories of Presidents hopping on Air Force One to pick up some mouthwatering BBQ in Texas? It’s kind of like that.

Even if the foods desired aren’t stocked in the kitchen, PrivateFly will go out and pick up whatever you want.

Yes, that means you can even get an In-N-Out Double-Double with extra well-done fries while docked in California.

“Dining is such an important part of the travel experience – even while getting to and from your destination,” said Geoff Villano, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations at PrivateFly. “When flying private you can make onboard eating one of the trip’s highlights, whether business or pleasure. There is truly no request too elaborate as long as the jet’s kitchen can adequately handle it.”

Wonder if they can cut the line at Howlin’ Ray’s though.

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7 Nifty Tricks To Make Airplane Food Taste Better

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Unless you have no taste buds or standards whatsoever, it is a known fact that airplane food sucks. Not only is it bad quality food, but studies have shown that our ability to detect salty and sweet flavors are diminished by as much as 30% once you’re in the air.

But never fear! There are ways to make your crappy situation better. Here are seven ways to make your food more bearable aside from getting drunk when you’re flying the air.

1. Pick foods with ingredients high in “umami.”

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Studies show that it’s easier to taste bitter, sour, and umami (or savory) compared to salty and sweet when you’re up in the air. Below are some popular foods that are high in umami so be sure to watch out for these items when you’re picking your order next time.

Tomatoes (ever wondered why people love drinking tomato juice when flying?)

Shiitake Mushrooms

Potatoes

Soy Sauce

Carrot

Seaweed

Parmesan Cheese

For a full list of umami rich foods check out umamiinfo.com

2. Go for the saucy stuff.

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Plane food is usually prepared first, then frozen to be reheated once in the air. Because of the change in cabin pressure, food typically dries out once you hit a certain altitude because of the lack of humidity. When given options, choose the dish with more sauce in it. Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast says, “go for saucy pasta dishes over big cuts of meat — they tend to hold up better to the chilling and reheating process.” This also includes stews and curries.

 

3. Put on earplugs or listen to music.

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According to research from the University of Manchester, the sound of the plane’s jet engines actually make it harder to taste sweet and salty flavors. So next time you eat in the air, try putting on earplugs or listen to music to dull the background noise.

 

4. Add pretzels or peanuts.

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In the same study at the University of Manchester, they also found that noise from the jet engine also dulls the feeling of crunchiness. You can fix this by crumbling some pretzels or peanuts on your meal for added texture.

 

5. Go for meals with a lot of spice.

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In a 2010 study done by German airline Lufthansa, they found that your ability to detect spicy flavors were relatively unaffected in the air. So if you like spicy food, don’t be shy the next time you fly!

 

6. Opt for BBQ items.

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BBQ is generally a good choice of food when flying. This is because the meats can be prepared in advanced, stored, and reheated with minor degradation. BBQ also has spice and sour flavors in it, which helps with taste in high altitude.

 

7. Fly on the right airline.

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In recent years, a number of airlines have made a push for giving better food to their passengers. Qatar hired world renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa to prepare their inflight menu and Delta hired restaurateur Danny Meyer to develop better meals. Check out this list by Thrillist on Airlines That Actually Serve Good Food.

Written by the team at NextShark