DL717 wrote:planecane wrote:DL717 wrote:One reason: Minimize exposure from food contamination.
Don’t buy it? Keep going to those drive throughs that are still open and see how that shakes out for you.
No. Not food contamination. Possibly the packaging for however long the virus lives on a paper or plastic bag but that's no different from buying something at the grocery store.
The FDA has specially said that there is no evidence of transmission by eating food.
If they are giving sealed bottles this prevents touching of cups. It also minimizes the interaction time between FA and PAX because there are no choices.
Airline meals are put together by humans, not a machine. Getting a meal on a plane is not the same as a TV dinner. There are tons of opportunities along the airline meal production chain for exposure. It’s not the same as the grocery store.
As for food contamination? How about someone sneezing on those nice red tomatoes you just touched? Did it get washed with soap before you touched them? How about that checkout counter you set them on? I guess you went from picking them up with a rubber glove, kept them sealed until you got home and immediately dropped them into a sink of soapy water to make sure it was sterile. Oops. Probably weren’t very careful with those rubber gloves that has the virus on it that’s now on your steering wheel in your car for then next time you drive over the next couple of weeks when you don’t wear gloves. Same with everything else you picked up at the grocery store right? Now go eat that salad in Business Class. Maybe it comes with Dawn salad dressing and water.
Food preparation is supposed to be done under sanitary conditions to start with. All of those things that you mention could happen with all kinds of other illnesses so you should never eat a prepared meal again.
The FDA has said there is no evidence of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from consuming food. Being a respiratory illness it doesn't enter through the digestive system.
I always have washed vegetables with soap at home and fruits and vegetables are supposed to be washed in food service establishments, mostly to prevent bacterial infections. If they weren't prepared in a sanitary fashion in general people would get things like e. coli illnesses from these places all the time.