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Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 2:38 pm

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?

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 2:48 pm

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.

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplan

Thu Apr 24, 2003 2:56 pm

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)?

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:10 pm

Goes really well with vodka.

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:21 pm

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).

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:24 pm

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

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:26 pm

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!

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:32 pm

So mixing it with vodka would be extra-dehydrating?

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:39 pm

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"......
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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:42 pm

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

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:52 pm

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
 
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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 3:58 pm

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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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 4:02 pm

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]
 
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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 5:06 pm

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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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplan

Thu Apr 24, 2003 10:49 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplan

Thu Apr 24, 2003 11:22 pm

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.

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 11:33 pm

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

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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Fri Apr 25, 2003 12:02 am

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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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Fri Apr 25, 2003 12:33 am

Pre-Departure Orange Juice is my favorite drink, chilled.
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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.
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RE: Why Is Tomato Juice So Popular Onboard Airplanes?

Fri Apr 25, 2003 4:37 am

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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