Investigating airline food

by Charles Platkin, PhD

It’s holiday time — which means travel. So, each year I contact the airlines to request nutrition information for the foods they serve economy-class passengers on domestic flights. There are not too many major changes from last year, but as an overall observation, the good seem to have gotten better.

Virgin America and Air Canada are tied as they were two years ago for having the healthiest food in the air. Virgin America has the ONLY Travel Light menu and on-demand ordering (eat when you want). Air Canada has better individual snacks, and the airline prides itself on the freshness and quality of its ingredients. The airline contracts with a company called Food with a Conscience to help create its menu. Alaska Airlines has real meals that are reasonable in terms of health and calories; and United and JetBlue seem to be moving in a better direction. American is not terrible, but it’s not improving, either.

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