There are many thoughts that go through your head when you’re traveling on a plane. How am I gonna kill 11 hours? Does the dude next to me snore? When’s the attendant coming with that drink cart, I need some ginger ale?
Have you ever wondered how the food served on your flight was made, though?
How It’s Made, the popular series from Science Channel, took a look at the process in creating airplane meals. Rather than simply cook different dishes and throw them into containers, many factors must be taken into account when cooking for airlines.
It’s said people’s perceptions of taste change when they’re at a higher altitude and pressure, so foods are seasoned depending on distance of travel. Foods are portioned out and ventilated in order to be re-heated in-flight. Separate meals must also be prepared for the pilot and co-pilot, in case one gets sick the other will not have eaten the same meal.
Definitely something to think about the next time you’re about to grub on your mile-high feast.
Check out the video to get an in-depth look at the fascinating process.