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Is It Rude To Bring/eat My Own Meal On Airplanes?  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 6082 times:

Is it rude to bring/eat my own meal on airplanes? I've come across people who
bring pizzas, sushi, subway sandwich, burgers/fries, and once even Popeye's fried chicken...

You can imagine the looks on other
passengers when they're only being
served peanuts/mini-pretzels....

59 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5960 times:

Not at all! Why do you think there are all those fast food franchises?

The other pax are just jealous as they didn't think about it as well!

User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5929 times:

Absolutely not. I always bring food to eat. I once brought a pizza onto a US Airways flight (it was one of those personal sized ones). Don't worry about what other people think, they should have brought their own food. Big thumbs up Big grin

User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5914 times:

It's only rude if you bring a three course dinner  Laugh out loud
It's not rude at all. he looks pax gives are as Ceilidh said, they are jealous. Also that pizza with melted cheese sure does look good rather than those petzles  Innocent  Nuts

"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineWoodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1042 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5897 times:

Good Lord no!
Why on earth would it be rude? With the scarcity of actual meals these days, its often the only way to get a bite to eat. I cant think of any reason why anybody would consider it rude- its not like you are having a Piza Hut pizza in church or something!!!

User currently offlineMCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5888 times:

I do tend to agree with the other posts thus far, but I would not consider it crazy to think that many may considre it to be rude or annoying. I was on a Delta flight yesterday from Atlanta to Orlando (58 minutes in the air,) and the people behind me brought tons of food on board. It was a little annoying because it smelled up the whole cabin of the plane. It certainly was not the end of the world, but it did kind of bother me from that standpoint. After all, when I would recline in my seat, the odor of the food was quite evident and obvious, and it was not the type of smell that was appealing. But there are certainly bigger issues in the world, so it was not that big of a deal. But I would not go so far as to say that it is a completely harmless thing to do.

User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5858 times:

I wonder what FAs think  Yeah sure

"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineBaliMorris From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5848 times:

I don't think it's rude at all. As long as you don't bring on a durian or something and stink up the joint.

User currently offlineBaec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5837 times:

I brought my own food onboard where i purchased them from McDonald & Burger Kings, no airlines' agents will be upset, they'll let you get some with you, and u still eat their meal too....


User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5841 times:

As an FA I always take my own food on my flights. I do however get a few comments from pax sometimes. They wonder why I don't eat airline food.

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

Popeye's sure beats SkyDeli. It's not rude as long as you're not advertising that you're eating your own meal, by making chewing noise, smell, etc...

User currently offlineAviationIvi From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 777 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5823 times:

On December, 22nd 2000, I was flying from MUC to ZAG onboard Lufthansa CityLine ARJ-85 and the girl sitting next to me put out her food out of her bag and didn´t care about anyone who was looking at her... F/As didn´t say anything...

Regards from snowy FRA

User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5816 times:

I like SkyDeli when it's vegetarian...wait it's NEVER vegetarian  Laugh out loud

"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5813 times:

I brought a pizza on a NW 727 this summer Big grin I attracted the attention of some 'well-fed  Big grin' people sitting behind me... damn was that a good pizza.

A few weeks ago I brought Krispy Kreme doughnuts (2 dozen) onboard an A320 to DEN from PHX and to BIL from DEN on a 735... didn't eat any on plane though.. attracted attention EVERYWHERE.. hehe, the screeners were like "I don't think the F/A will allow those to be brought aboard... we're going to have to inspect those  Laugh out loud"


User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5805 times:

No I don't consider it rude at all.

On my last flight, I took with me a feast of treats, but never got to finish it all off.

The attendant and passengers on board were staring at me. Only because they were jealous. Anyway, I didn't hardly eat there meal anyway, cos it sucked !

User currently offlineVirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5803 times:

I think some airlines, such as jetBlue, encourage it. And almost nothing could smell worse than airplane food!  Smile

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5795 times:

Not at all! I my recent flight, EWR-MSP on CO 737, I noticed a couple with their own packed lunches from home. The odd thing is, they just got off a flight from London on Virgin Atlantic. How do I know? Well, they have these tiny bags that had smints, and other things in it, labeled with VIRGIN ATLANTIC, and the lady said it was a nice flight. I am thinking about bringing my own food on long flights, on short flights, I bring candy, but I usually end up eating the food from the airline.


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5799 times:

Hey guys,

I certainly don't have too much of a problem with people bringing their own food. However, people must be discreet and avoid 'smelly' or sloppy food.

Which means fast food is out. Eat that crap Macca's / Pizza or Burger King BEFORE you board the aircraft. No-one wants the stench of Fast Food stinking up the confines of an aircraft for an hour or so.

Just a little common courtesy and no one will mind.



A new star is born..

User currently offlineTimmsp From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5792 times:

I used to take a big hunk of cheese and a salami log so I could share with fellow passengers.

Now post 9/11 I can't take a knife so we just pass them around and everyone rips off a piece for themselves.

User currently offlineFly_emirates From United Arab Emirates, joined Oct 2000, 1046 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5790 times:

it is not rude at all..

i mean if me as a flight attendant bring my own food with me including the tea with milk that my grandmother does, and some other sandwiches. i dont see that its rude..
offcourse i will eat it in the galley! hehe

User currently offlineBluebellyA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5770 times:

Always travel with a sack of 'Castles!  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offline9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

Here in Asia, no one brings food! The carriers always serve proper meals on International flights.

User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5752 times:

Considering some airlines' food, I wouldn't blame you if you brought your own. I don't think it would be rude as long as you don't make a big scene about it. Maybe eat while you're doing something else so it doesn't make you look like you're trying to tease the person sitting next to you- don't look at them either while you're eating or else they might think you're rude. However, as long as you don't make a mess or a scene over it I think it's fine. I often bring snacks onboard so I have some munchies for later on in the flight, especially if a meal won't be served.

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User currently offlineGRZ-AIR From Austria, joined Apr 2001, 574 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5747 times:

I dont think its rude at all !! Just what I hate is if sometimes people onboard (or next to me) stuff all the airplane lunch in their bags that they can get and behave as it it was an all you can eat buffet. They ask for 20 "little" bottles of orange juice and that mineral water in the yoghurt cup or take all the lunchboxes they can find.. I think that is stupid.

You made me hungry now...what would I give for a small PIZZA HUT pepperony and cheese pizza @ charlotte airport ..jaahm..to bad I am in austria  Smile !!

Have a nice day,


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User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5742 times:

Most US airlines serve proper meals on Int'l flights from N. America as well, 9V-SVE, but on domestic routes (which can last up to 6 hours in the US and Canada), many airlines are cutting food services making it nearly necessary to bring your own food (if you can't live until the flight's over to eat!).

Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
25 Bobcat : A couple of years ago I was on a NW flight from NRT to HNL. An elderly businesswoman next to me brought her own sushi "bento" lunch. She told she boug
26 Bobcat : GRZ-AIR/Patrick, The Pizza Hut pizzas in Austria ain't bad. I had one with some friends a few years ago. One thing that I liked was that they offer sh
27 Ceilidh : mmmm I love durian - though it's not exactly the most social of fruits!!
28 Post contains images Superfly : You guys are making me hungry! BluebellyA380: Just rub it in man! You know we don't have White Castles here in SFO!
29 Mx5_boy : Ceilidh, DURIAN? Ugh! Have you ever been near anyone eating one? Someone managed to smuggle one into the hotel I was staying in KL. (The Renaisannce)
30 Ba777-236 : A low cost airline called Westjet here in Canada does not serve any food on-board flights and incourages people to bring there own food on the plane!!
31 SWA TPA : Whats a Durian? I have never seen or heard of this in Florida.
32 Meechy36 : As a flight attendant I don't find it rude at all when pax bring on their own food, I know I do. I always bring food from home that is somewhat health
33 JetService : I took McDonalds Big Mac and fries on a Mesaba SF340. I know the smell filled the cabin. I couldn't help it. I was freaking STARVING! I had tight conn
34 Post contains images Vafi88 : It's not rude to bring your own food on trips less than 3.5 hours because they don't serve you that much. On International flights, You can, but you d
35 Delta-flyer : On recent Delta flights, the gate agents routinely announced that no meals are served on board and suggested passengers buy food at nearby concessions
36 Post contains images Blink182 : For an international flight, you won't need it, as in my experiences with American, they have good service on the long hauls, so it really isn't neede
37 Post contains images Continental : I'd rather have the smell of fast food then Jet A exhaust, dang, that crap stinks! Continental
38 174thfwff : Usualy on flights longer then 4.5 hours I buy 2 subs. That way I can auction off the parts I don't eat. It's very filling and I will never eat airline
39 BWIrwy4 : I typically fly in the evening, so I usually bring a roast beef sandwich with me to eat on the plane. Thanks to BWI "security", that's the only chance
40 Concorde1518 : Southwest actually warns that there are no meals served inflight, so, bring your own if you want to. Never actually brought anything on, but I have br
41 C-GAGN : Sorry, but if the airlines are going to charge full fare, and not provide dick in the way of service... I say bring a large pizza. -KN
42 Strickerje : I've only brought fast food on an airplane once, at CVG, and that was when we were in a hurry to get to our gate because our flight to BHM was late en
43 Pilothica737 : No if you're on a flight from LGA to LAX, if you don't bring your own meal, you'll starve to death! No, those little airplane meals dont count for any
44 SQ772 : You mean a 3.5 hr flight and the domestic US airlines don't serve food??? How much are they charging for the ticket???? Better be real cheap I hope!
45 Ben88 : 3.5 hrs? Try 5.5 hours.
46 SixStarAnsett : I was on an an A320-211 one time from MEL-SYD in 1998 and it was the lunchtime flight...1pm I think. This guy next to me had been to maccas and was ea
47 Gocaps16 : I've been on long flights where they didn't serve meals. If you want airline meals, you must now fly in first class. On a recent trip from ORD-DFW on
48 Greg : I'd prefer airlines NOT serve food. It's smelly, noisy, and the food is poor anyway--in either cabin. Last month I shared some Chex Mix with my seat
49 Post contains images Ceilidh : Yes, Mx5_boy - DURIAN!! OK, so it smells like puke. It tastes divine! I first encountered them when I was in Indonesia, negotiating the lease of F28s
50 L-188 : That still leaves the question unanswered..... What is Durian? It sounds like some sort of building material, for making countertops!
51 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : It´s a habit of mine to drink champagne whenever I fly; usually flying LH, that´s not a problem, because they serve it for free even in Y, but when
52 Post contains links Ceilidh : L-188 - it's a spiky looking fruit about the same size as a melon. It has an awful odour (like vomit) but the white flesh is delicious (a bit like ras
53 L-188 : Hmmmm.....Never seen it before.....Haven't seen it in the stores here either. For a second I thought it might have been that orange looking thing that
54 Carmy : Durians with alcohol? Oooh.. that's going to be really lethal.
55 L1011 : I just stayed at Hotel Asia in Singapore, and in the elevators there are signs that say NO DURIAN. I also wondered what it was. Thanks for clearing th
56 Dash8King : I was thinking it was like an arabic dish or something or some kind of curry
57 ATL Traveller : I don't think it's rude to bring food aboard, but please take food that won't bother other passengers. I was on a late flight ATL-LAX with a bit of tu
58 A330300 : The FA told me as I was boarding my Comair flight (CVG-MSP) that I would have to put my McDonald's-bought medium Coke on the floor, or finish it befor
59 Air Orange : No, it could be typical Dutch; money saving all the time!
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