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Acceptable Food To Bring Onboard


Old Sep 5, 18, 2:22 pm
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My go to in flight snacks have been dried chickpeas and a banana. I'm sure that my choices will offend someone, somewhere, but the chickpeas are satisfying yet relatively quiet and I can put the banana peel in the empty chickpea bag for easy clean up.

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Old Sep 6, 18, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by Redhead View Post
My only requests are: nothing that smells, nothing that spills easily, and please try to stay away from nuts (or at least be willing to not eat them if your seat mate is allergic) since nut allergies are incredibly common (and becoming more so. 1 in 13 people!) and nuts generate a dust which can set off an allergic reaction in some. I always travel with extra epi-pens for my peanut-allergic daughter but I wonder if we could get to the ground in time if she reacted.

Other food allergies are less common and also generally less likely to cause a reaction unless the allergic person actually eats them

Thanks for asking
I appreciate this answer and maybe shouldn’t do this as a reply but my wife is a celiac.

i just think it 100% makes sense to ask the person next to them if they have a food allergy. Be polite to people.

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Old Sep 6, 18, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by txaggiemiles View Post
Do eggs smell? I’ve never thought of eggs as a particularly offensive scent. “Rotten eggs” is an offensive odor but has a very particular connotation to me beyond just “eggs” (I.e. sulphur)

Ive always thought it was somewhat rude for people to bring fast food on board like McDonalds or a pizza as literally the whole plane would smell it. Any type of cold cut sandwich whether homemade or not would be fine. And I do like the chocolate idea for sharing.
I agree! The smell of McDonalds is NASTY and most definitely on the NO list. Cold foods only, hot foods stink things up.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 2:58 pm
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There comes a point where courtesy reaches its limits and no matter what you bring there is a risk of offending someone. Until which time the cabin crew admonishes me about the impact of my take-away food I'm probably not going to be all that troubled by the opinions of other passengers. If I can buy it on the airside then I'm fully prepared to bring it on the aircraft. At Heathrow that would include, depending on the terminal, chicken curry, miso and shimeji ramen, a hamper of caviar and smoked fish among other pungent delights.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 5:09 pm
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>tfw no smelly shumai to bring on your next Shinkansen trip

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Old Sep 6, 18, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by CDTraveler View Post
Unless it's rotten or an exotic variety, an orange has relatively little odor.
But the skin of the orange will produce lots of odor as you peel it. Of course, if it's already peeled, cut and packaged, it's not a problem.
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Old Sep 7, 18, 8:53 am
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a hamper of caviar
If I ever have a hamperload of caviar, there's zero percent chance I'm flying coach on a commercial airliner!
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Old Sep 7, 18, 3:53 pm
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Just to update, my flight is now over and I took the following -
M&S ham & mustard sandwich.
M&S Percy Pigs (offered to share but, thankfully, no takers)
Millionaire shortbread bar
Some weetabix porridge bar.

No dirty looks (that I noticed) so I think those were all good choices.

I should add, it had been 4 or 5 years since I last flew United, and they seemed to have upped their game on a number of fronts.
Cabin crew were much less surly, and one was even what you might describe as actively pleasant. That was a surprise, given my previous experiences with them.
And the food was actually pretty tasty (chicken risotto, and some very nice ice cream). So I could've went without bringing my own, were it not for my requirement to eat at specific times (short term medication issue).

The seat next to me was empty, which may have made it a much better experience than it would normally be.
But certainly one to be considered again, given that I get a direct flight from EDI to ORD, and miss Heathrow.
Solid 8/10.

And thanks to all the people who provided helpful input.
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Old Sep 7, 18, 4:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Proudelitist View Post
Things that are not smelly and don't make a huge mess.
The above, in one sentence, captures the basic rule. Nothing smelly, nothing messy.

Be empathetic when deciding what's "smelly". There might be foods you enjoy which have very strong odors that turn off a lot of people. For example, some love the taste of deviled eggs; but some of us gag at the sulfuric smell.
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Old Sep 8, 18, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by msp3 View Post
>tfw no smelly shumai to bring on your next Shinkansen trip
There are far worse things, like packages of dried shrimp. They can stink up an airplane in no time flat.
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Old Sep 8, 18, 10:55 pm
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Originally Posted by jp12687 View Post
When I fly EWR-HNL in first I usually pack a cheese, crackers, and meat snack. The food is abysmal for the prices and length of flight. I get some looks sometimes cause the cheese smells a bit-- but its tasty and I'm happy.
On the way back from HNL, do you bring Spam musubi?
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