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Plane Food – Anything but Plain

By Brian | March 26, 2009 | Share on Facebook

It’s been a while since I travelled for work, but the occasion has arisen once again, compelling me to use my employer’s online travel service. In doing so, I took note of the food choices available to me on my (Continental Airlines) flight:

- standard- vegetarian lacto-ovo
- vegetarian- low protein
- asian vegetarian- low sodium
- raw vegetarian- gluten free
- fruit plate- high fiber
- seafood- diabetic
- kosher- non-lactose
- muslim- low purin
- oriental asian- child
- hindu- bland
- low fat cholesterol- low calorie

Maybe these choices are available on Expedia as well (that’s the service I typically use to book personal travel). If they are, I hadn’t noticed them until now.

In any case, questions abound: Am I the only one who remembers when airline meals were offered as regular, vegetarian or (maybe) kosher? And what if I’m a lactose intolerant Hindu who wants a vegetarian meal that’s low in sodium, cholesterol and protein? Can we do combinations here? Doesn’t that come to billions of potential meals? What in blazes is “purin?” And does anyone intentionally order a “bland” meal, or is that just a complaint lodged after the fact?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Topics: The World Wide Weird | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Plane Food – Anything but Plain”

  1. jason says at March 26th, 2009 at 4:37 pm :
    I’m a little baffled by “hindu.” Wouldn’t that be the same as “vegetarian?” Or is a hindu meal “vegetarian with lots of curry powder”?

    I’m wondering if “purin” is supposed to be “purine,” which is a type of protein. In high quantities, purines can contribute to conditions like gout (which I suffer from), so a low-purine diet would make sense…

  2. Brian says at March 26th, 2009 at 9:12 pm :
    Well, my first thought was “purina,” so I think your guess is better than mine…

  3. Ilya says at March 27th, 2009 at 8:25 am :
    I used to order “special” meals on the plane for the sole reason that they would bring it to you before starting their standard walk with the trolley along the aisle. A way to get ahead of the crowd… With these many options and if everybody is now getting a special choice, that whole approach is going down the toilet…


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