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Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?  
User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 27934 times:

I actually never dared to ask this question here, as I find it somewhat silly. Nonetheless, this morning I read my email and among it was a mail from ciao.com (a consumer opinion website) where I found the exact same question as the question of the week.

Perhaps some flight attendants can help me out here. Whenever I fly, about 75 % of all people in my row order tomato juice. And what do I hear the people in front and behind me ordering? Tomato juice. Now, if tomato juice was as popular in real life, I would say. No big deal. But I have never seen 75 % of all people in restaurants ordering tomato juice. As a matter of fact tomato juice seems to be more popular on most flights than orange juice. I find that strange and I have to admit, I am a tomato juice drinker in the air as well. Yet I would never even consider to order tomato juice elsewhere or buy it in a store.

Is there any explanation why my brain grasps for tomato juice in the air but not on the ground?

ZSSNC


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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 27369 times:

It is because due to various factors (dehydration, dry air), we need more salt at altitude. Airlines put way more salt on food that gets served in the air than would get put on the same meal on the ground. Tomato juice and Bloody Mary mix etc is heavy in salt, and hence seems to be a popular choice.

Jeremy


User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 27362 times:

Artsyman,

thanks, that sounds logical. Yet, what then causes the passengers to long for tomato juice? Is it a subconscious reaction to the circumstances described above by you (dehydration, dry air, need for more salt)?

ZSSNC



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User currently offlineNdege From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 27348 times:

Goes really well with vodka.

BL


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 27324 times:

I just order the tomato juice because it is similar to tomato soup and thus it substitutes for a meal (that the airlines don't serve anymore).

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16370 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 27318 times:

maybe there's been a corresponding increase in onboard skunks.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineNwacrew From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 27312 times:

As a flight attendant, I can attest that tomato juice is not really requested more often than orange, apple or cranberry juice.

But it does seem when one passenger asks for tomato juice, several other passengers in that immediate area will ask for it as well. Then, perhaps for the next dozen rows, no one else will ask for tomato juice at all...

Frankly, I inwardly wince when people ask me for tomato juice - especially on long flights - because it contains so much sodium. Flying is not only dehydrating, but as I'm sure most of you road warriors know, it BLOATS you as well. I personally love the taste of tomato juice, but I never drink it aloft, so as to avoid that uncomfortable bursting-out-of-my-uniform feeling!

Advice: Drink WATER.


User currently offlineNdege From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 27299 times:

So mixing it with vodka would be extra-dehydrating?

BL


User currently offlineDc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 27289 times:

One of the many many things I love about Southwest is their Bloody mares The Finnlander Vodka and the Mr t's is soooo good on the early morning flights. And Southwest is the only airline I've ever been on that comes to ME and asks if I would like "another one"......


Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
User currently offlineNdege From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 27283 times:

I had a drinking contest of sorts with a random passenger on a DTW-AMS flight on NW once. It was brilliant, and those hours just flew by  Smile

BL


User currently offlineSWALUVFA From United States of America, joined May 2002, 277 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 27273 times:

Usually when people hear one person in their area on the plane ask for Tomato Juice or Ginger Ale, everyone else will want one as well.  Smile

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13765 posts, RR: 61
Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 27264 times:
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As with ginger ale, tomato juice is just one of those drinks that never occurs to people as a choice until they actually SEE it sitting on the cart as it comes down the aisle. You have your "normal" or usual drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, etc) but ginger ale and tomato juice won't be found in vending machines for the most part, and you seldom see them offered as "mainstream" drinks.

So when you see it offered on an airline's drink cart, here's something out of the ordinary that you suddenly have at your disposal for free.

So the mind says, "Sure I'll have one! Hell, give me two; they're small!"



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User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 27263 times:

Dehydration is loss of water and important blood salts like potassium (K+) and sodium (Na+).

answered my own question..

[Edited 2003-04-24 09:06:47]

User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 27231 times:

Maybe many people like it in small quantities like on a plane, but not at home when you have to get it in larger sizes usually?


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User currently offlineEmceeoh From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 27109 times:

This is funny, I was on a flight yesterday where the people across the aisle from me ordered tomato juice, and I couldn't help thinking, "Who drinks tomato juice?"

It didn't inspire me to order it, though.


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 15, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 27078 times:

I agree with the "unusual" logic. Up until I was about 19, I ordered ginger ale almost exclusively while in flight, just cause it was that drink I always got on airplanes that I never had anywhere else.

N


User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 27058 times:

Strange indeed. . .I too only seem to order tomato juice or ginger ale. ..but I always have my own 32oz. plastic bottle of water with me that I always seem to purchase at the airport before any flight.

Can't ever have too much water! Except on those longer flights. Big grin

DIA



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 27030 times:
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Orange juice beats the hell out of Tomato juice, can't stand that stuff. When i first drank tomato juice i decided it would be the last time aswell.



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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 26999 times:

Pre-Departure Orange Juice is my favorite drink, chilled.
-Transaero Boeing 737-200

Iced Tea at 33,000 feet when it is cold up there is also SO GOOD! But they never stock Iced Tea on foreign carriers.



What now?
User currently offlineKevi747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 26887 times:

Pilot1113, you're right...tomato juice does substitute as soup. You should try getting a can of Bloody Mary Mix though, its even better as a food substitute.

But its true, a lot of people do order tomato juice on flights. I ususlly stay away from it because, combined with the altitude, it tends to make you very full.



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