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The Real Reason We Can Never Really Enjoy Airline Food

No one’s ever super stoked about airline food, as a plate of gelatinous chicken, and soggy veggies don’t usually cause much excitement, but even the best airline food is destined for failure, and there’s not much we can do about it.

Some of the major components that affect our taste buds, are humidity, air pressure, sense of smell, and sense of hearing. When you’re up in the air traveling, all of those factors are affected and ruin our ability to adequately taste food, according to SciShow.

Airline cabins are dry and humid, and have very low pressure, causing something called Xerostomia, AKA cottonmouth. The drying out process going on in your mouth decreases the sensitivity in your your taste buds by 30 percent so whatever you’re consuming during then, is with compromised taste buds.

It also doesn’t help that the environment in an airplane is noisy, and no one enjoys their meals in a noisy room, as is evident when trying to enjoy the pizza at Chuck E. Cheese’s.

All this means that when it comes to in-flight food, we’re playing from behind as soon as we hit the air. Our taste buds just won’t let us enjoy the food. Plus, Gordon Ramsay said he’ll never, ever eat airline food, so that alone should be enough reason to distrust it.

By Isai Rocha

Isai is the self-proclaimed Kanye West of burrito eating. He has a hard time trusting vegans, ranch dressing and especially vegan ranch dressing.