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Worst Meal Experience Ever & What Airline  
User currently offlineAduum From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 335 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5136 times:


I was wondering if you could all describe either your best or worst meal stories and on which airline you were travelling at the time.

This will be good for a bit of a laugh.


71 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineGreeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4905 times:

My worst meal experience was on a TWA 747 to Franfurt from New York. We were eating steak. The steak was nice and tender and fresh. The veggies were soft and crunchie at the right places--and so good tasting. The problem was with the meat. It has just a little too much salt on it.


User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

Air Algeria from Algiers to Tindouf. In addition to the very old 737 (the seats were the type that folded forward) being held together with duct tape, the food was unrecognizable and unedible.

User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

My worst meal experiences have all been on Continental. The worst one was from IAH-HNL, they served some kind of chicken with rice, well my chicken was still pink on the inside and my rice was very undercooked. The other bad meal experiences are those damn turkey sandwiches, they dont taste bad, its just when I get them they are practically frozen and you have to have like jaws of steel to bite through them. I have learned to deal with it and give my jaws an excercise because they serve them on practically every lunch flight that is under 5 hours.

User currently offlineRoadrunner165 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 884 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4856 times:

My worst meal was on sun country fron msp-anc. the EGG omlet was horiable. it tasted like dog shit. and the pop was old.my mother had a sausage AND THAT WAS O.K

User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4852 times:

Greeneyes, if that's the worst meal experience you've had yet, you're very lucky!

My worst meal on domestic was aboard a UAL 727-200 on ORD-SAN in 1996; I made the mistake of having a chicken enchilada, and it was over-cooked. The tortilla was hard and rubbery, the filling bland. If I hadn't been so hungry, I wouldn't have eaten it. And this was on the last leg of a 20-hour trip back from Russia, so I was exhausted! Airlines do NOT do Mexican food well!

International - well, I haven't actually had a bland meal, but the least satisfying was aboard DL on FRA-LAX-FRA. Small portions of uninteresting, bland food. So bland I can't even remember what it was! Chicken of some sort. At least Aeroflot serves chicken cordon bleu! DL could do much better for coach on international flights.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4836 times:

My worst food experience was in First Class on Fabulair !

The caviar just wasn't that fresh - may it have been ossetra and not beluga? Yes, that was it !
And the champagne wasn't chilled right. I think it was a few degrees off. And what's with that lobster? I think there was just a little more salt in the steamer than Jean Louis Palladin would have used. The vegetables were delicious and the salad was right out of Provence, but who eats vegetables nowadays?

What's a Turkey sandwich?

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4829 times:

Adam/Roadrunner165, how do you know what dogshit tastes like???    
Well, my worst meal experience: all Iberia domestic flights: drinks - zero, food - one candy  

User currently offlineTWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4817 times:

Remember those awful Sarah Lee smoked turkey shit wraps on Delta? That was definately the worst meal ever. On the other hand one of the best meals, was DL First Class, and it was a steak, pretty good actually.

Bicoastal, wheres Tindouf, sounds exotic.

Tortilla on United, that sounds cool. For me its always either some crap bistro meal or steak.

User currently offlineRoadrunner165 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 884 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4803 times:


User currently offlineFaisZ From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4792 times:

Come to think of it...
ALL airplane food is bad@!


User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4790 times:

A few stand out...

Delta Airlines, Flight 148 JFK-Rome (FCO) July 1996
Delta Airlines, Flight 149 Rome (FCO)-JFK July 1996
Boeing 767-300ER's

American Airlines, Flight 107 LHR-JFK, March 1998
Boeing 767-200ER

Cathay Pacific (much to my surprise), HKG-NRT, January 1997
Boeing 747-400
Raw chicken!!! Raw chicken! On a flight out of Hong Kong at the
height of the Avian flu outbreak!

User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4752 times:

Tindouf is in south west Algeria near the disputed area of the Western Sahara. To say it's remote would be an understatement. If I told you what I was doing there, I'd have to shoot you  

User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4748 times:


Breakfast on a TAROM IL18, Constanta - Istanbul, September 1973 consisted of a bar of bitter chocolate and a plastic (reused) beaker of tepid water.


Almost all Virgin catering (and I've rattled on about this often enough)

User currently offlineSurf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4726 times:

LOL do a search for topic "Northwest Crappy Meal Service" by yours truly....

User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4726 times:

United PHL(might have been EWR)-DEN, 1998
Ever get 100% HARD pancakes? How about a not fully cooked muffin? I did on this flight.

User currently offlineIndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4723 times:

I was once served a chicken biryani onboard a domestic Indian Airlines flight. The chicken was still whitish and looked and tasted raw. Horrid. That was definitely my worst inflight meal experience.

The roasted chicken legs on the other hand were superb.

User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1479 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4717 times:

As much as I like the airline now, my worst in-flight meal was on CO several years ago from CUN-IAH. I was served a ham quiche for breakfast- the FA's didn't even know what it was! The eel I was served on UA from ORD-NRT wasn't too tasy either...

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User currently offlineTripl7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4719 times:

FaisZ hit the nail right on the head. Although I would not say all airline food is bad, but no airline food is good. What you think is an omelette is a powder substitute most of the time. The steak and chicken are sprinkled (or injected or however) with tenderiser The meals are undercooked (on purpose) in the flight kitchen, blast frozen and stored for days before the flight. Then Loaded on trucks hours before departure. These trucks are not always temp controlled. The meals are then heated on the flight. I will not go thru what can happen to the casserole between the kitchen and the time it is served !!!!!
As f/a I tell you that I have received favourable comments on our meals from the most unlikely diners on board !!!!!!

User currently offlineCharles802 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4686 times:

Worst experiences: Raw chicken on Mexicana and frozen burritos on America West. In my experience, 95% of the time, the issue with airline food is not that it was so bad to start with, but that it wasn't stored properly or heated properly. Obviously, you won't have gourmet cuisine, but it can be quite palatable.

I think airlines should offer cold food in coach on most flights. Maybe a warmed muffin is OK, but many of those hot sandwiches are a disaster. My idea of a perfect meal on a 2-3 hour flight: Choice of a large, fresh, cold sandwich or a salad (with lots of veggies, not just iceberg lettuce), both coming with fruit and cookies. I would simply offering a "vegetarian" option would cut out the need for many special meals.

I think on longer flights, hot meals are more practical, and I think that First Class should have a hot and cold meal option, even on short flights.

User currently offlineWitold From Poland, joined Aug 2000, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

Hi guys (and ladies?)

The best meal or rather drink one can ever get on a plane is when one gets a cold beer after being in for examle Libya, Saudi Arabia or Iran - I generally don`t like alkochol, but I remember having that beer (after being forbiden to have one for quite some time) as real fun. Actually half of the plane was soooo drunk. Yps!

User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2153 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4669 times:

My worst would have to be on ATA in 1986 when I flew ORD-MCO on their DC-10 they used to have. (It later burned to the ground in ORD due to some O2 canisters being shipped as cargo.) Anyways, for breakfast they gave us some nasty-ass omlet just loaded with ketchup. The smell throughout the cabin made my gag, as did the food itself.

User currently offlineJm-airbus320 From Jamaica, joined Aug 2000, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4658 times:

The worst meal i had was on an AA flight MIA to the Caribbean. The meal was grilled chicken with vegetables,believe me i think the chicken was still breathing and fighting for it's life.The meals were so bad and the flight attendants so embarassed about the complaints that the pursor started to pass around M&M's to chill the anger.

User currently offlineMr K From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4639 times:

Oversalted steak......
Incorrect Caviar and Champagne temperature.......

Ohhhh..MY GOD !!!!

User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4633 times:

Worst: Northwest Osaka to Seattle, chicken in mustard sauce with cold shrimp salad.

Best: Northwest Memphis to Seattle, ham, egg, and cheese croissant, bagel, banana, and yogurt.


Northwest Airlines - Some People Just Know How to Fly
25 TWAneedsNOhelp : No one ever had any of those crap Sarah Lee health wraps on Delta??? I remember tons of flights with that sh*t, mostly on LGA to FLL and PBI runs. One
26 DesertJets : Though not overly bad, those Turkey sandwiches on Continental need something LIKE MEAT!!! I am sorry but a slice of turkey on a crusty roll is not eno
27 Anthonyd : Worst meal EVA airlines Vancouver to Taipei Smelly fish and tasteless noodles for dinner and extremely smelly dried fish porridge for breakfast. It wa
28 Post contains images AIRMALE : WORST: Pakistan International most of the times BEST LUNCH: Philippine airlines Frankfurt-Karachi BEST DINNER:Pakistan International Lahore-Karachi BE
29 PresRDC : Worst: Any breakfast served as a second meal on a transatlantic overnight flight in economy. Usually featuring an ice cold and tasteless banana, some
30 Post contains images Rm-11 : I like PIA's meals on international flight, except for the desserts. I remember a trip on a European airline (I just can't remember which one) that se
31 Aduum : hahah reallly i have no idea
32 Post contains images Thom@s : On a flight from Bergen - Flesland to Newcastle - Woolsington, they forgot over half of the meal that was to be served on the flight. So nobody got an
33 Jaysit : Mr K: I was being facetious in response to the dude who was complaining about his perfect steak having a bit too much salt on it. My theory about airl
34 Triple Seven : China Airlines (CAL) flight KUL-TPE in 1988 (767-209ER). Steak was gushing out BLOOD !!! - Triple Seven
35 Vlbrowser : Best: Singapore Airlines from HKG-SFO Love there food. United SFO-DEN Love those big sandwiches,very good. Worst: Got to be UsAirways MCI-SFO, ewwww s
36 Greggj : SQ from LHR-SIN...horrible (economy) Emirates from LHR-Dubai...very bad (in biz..they even apologized to some folks) Any chance they use the same flig
37 Thud : PIA wins hands down in economy. The food in Business, however, is heavenly. Nargisi Koftay, Biryanib and Rasmalia. And all served on bone china
38 Sushka : Air Ukraine 737-200 I had "sala'' Strips of raw pig fat!!! At first I ate it because I thought that they were french fries.
39 Ilyushin96M : Did they serve that with black bread and vodka? That's the only way it's supposed to be consumed. FYI, sala isn't raw, it's cured - usually smoked and
40 Sushka : Ive eaten It raw before so I supposed that It was raw. I dont like it. I cant remeber what I ate it with. This was in 1995 or 1996
41 Corey777 : Trans Worst Airlines MD-80 from ABQ to STL. Plane was hastily brought into service so there was *no food* at all on the two-hour flight (and only limi
42 Ian : PRETZELS!!! Love those peanuts though...more nutritious...except for those that are allergic to them. Maybe a can of SPAM for first and business trave
43 Caravelle : Like people here have implied, you have to differ between local and trans-continental. Worst ever is Canadian Airlines. Don't ever fly them if you hav
44 Trintocan : I cannot say that I have had any particularly great or bad food experiences aboard planes but I must commend Air Jamaica's food - it was good. BWIA is
45 Marcelduchamp : If you want bland, just fly Air Pacific. All the way from Auckland to Nadi and Los Angeles, and back, I could hardly taste anything they served. Some
46 Silverstreak : I really don't expect much in the air - the environment isn't going to ever be like a restaurant on the ground. I wish that a pax could just opt to no
47 Aduum : DO most airliners own their own catering company or what...?
48 Post contains images Dash8isgreat : MarcelDuChamp--those "most revolting dried cuttlefish snacks that replace your ubiquitous packet of peanuts" would make a interesting souvenir (even i
49 Greggj : Anybody remember when USAir served McD pancakes and Egg McMuffins on some of their morning flights out of P'burg? Not a huge fan of McD's...but it was
50 BostonBeau : Is it fair to blame the airlines themselves for inflight catering, or the companies with which they contract to provide the food. I don't think any ai
51 RiceRocket : International: Worst ever was dinner on CO EWR-LGW in 1994. Connecting flight from PBI was very late - had to run to the gate with no time to stock u
52 Greggj : There seems to be an interesting dichotemy between US and non-US residents. It would appear that (at least in this forum) that non-US folks look at fl
53 Skystar : I believe Dobbs in the US is owned by GateGourmet (owned by SAir) and SkyChefs are owned by LSG (owned by LH). Catering kitchens seem to be all going
54 F27 : recently i flew on Qantas from Melbourne to Sydney on a sat morning flight was asked if i wanted breakfast thought great my nice hot bacon,sausages a
55 Aduum : Whats Garudas food like?
56 AussieErj145 : The worst I had, or more correctly didn't have was on a United flight from Syd to Sfo. The dinner was probably Ok but both myself and the lady sitting
57 Viscount : Transavia Holland AGP-AMS-AGP AGP-AMS Starter: Chopped tomatoes and cucumber, no dressing Main: Two large meatballs with mashed potato and green beans
58 Ahlfors : The worst experience reagrding food on an airline, or actually the lack thereof, was on an SN flight EWR-BRU. They gave just drinks and a pack of pret
59 Aduum : Okay its time to change the topic to what is the best airline food youve ever had and what airline??
60 Tan flyr : Just for the record...I don't buy an airline ticket for the meal. If it is pretty decent I consider it a bonus. Saw a TV thing on TLC about the food k
61 LoneStarMike : Best Meal:AA between DFW-HNL. Warm nuts, tossed salad with cracked peppercorns, steak and veggies, ice cream sundaes with your choice of toppings, che
62 FlyBoeing : BEST: NW World Business Class JFK-NRT: Duck with raspberry sauce. That's hands down one of the best meals I ever had. I remember it as being a lot big
63 Post contains links and images Pakistania : Best was on an Alitalia flight from London to Rome, it was a delicious fish dish with rice and steamed vegetables and capers in dressing, the worst wa
64 Post contains images Avion757 : The worst meal I've ever had was with Iberworld from Palma de Mallorca to East Midlands. They served us highly spiced, cold donkey meat and salad crea
65 Mx5_boy : The worst meal I have ever had was on Tower Air - New York to San Juan - 1998. They delayed the flight so much they had to get the caterers to put din
66 OlympicComet4b : ATH/JFk Sept of 1973 ONA DC-8-63 Chicken breast smothered in a mushroom cream sauce which had become poisonous. We had to make an unscheduled landing
67 Ctbarnes : Best meals (economy class): I'd have to say Saudia (yes, Saudia) LHR-JED in 1994. I had a fantastic Chicken in yoghurt curry with rice and vegitables
68 Seb146 : PSA 1986 PDX-RNO-LAX we were each given one bag of honey roast peanuts (8 nuts per bag) on each leg and one can of soda. We had engine problems in RNO
69 Aduum : Best was on a Qantas 747-sp business class upperdeck.....good food. Then again all meals on all airlines except Merpati Air have been good for me.
70 Aduum : ok
71 BA744G-BNLN : The worst food experience was on TWA from LGA to PBI. It was a horrible, gross beef burito and to pieces of iceberg lettuce. UGH!
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