Plane awful! Passengers share horrifying photographs of the worst in-flight meals they’ve every been served
- Passengers from around the world have been sharing snaps of awful plane food
- Ryanair passenger Billy Shearer revealed ‘Irish Breakfast’ which cost 10 euros
- Meanwhile another traveller shared their ‘business class’ chicken biryani
- One flying with Norweigan posted chicken and mash ‘slop’ swimming in grease
- If you have a photo of unappealing plane food you’d like to share, email email@example.com
Captive customers flying off on holiday are often being served grim and unappealing meals, even if they pay a premium.
A picture gallery of meal horrors collated by members of Which? suggests airlines struggle to offer food that both looks appealing and is also tasty.
The consumer group said some of the dishes appear truly stomach-churning, adding: ‘We are talking everything from chicken ‘slop’ to cake that could double as a ‘building brick’.
‘And it would be wrong to assume an upgrade to a superior cabin will save you from a culinary nightmare if the experiences of our members are anything to go by.’
Passengers flying around the world have been sharing their horrifying pictures of plane food, including this one from Ryanair passenger Billy Shearer, who spent €10 on this Irish breakfast
The airlines claim to go to enormous lengths, sometimes hiring celebrity chefs, to produce what they insist are good quality meals in what are difficult circumstances.
There is some evidence to suggest that the conditions on board a plane, such as the air pressure and temperature, change the way food and drink tastes.
Bizarrely, there is science to show that even cabin engine noise can change how people experience food.
However, the evidence of the Which? survey suggests that these dishes could not be saved even if they were served under a silver salver in one of the world’s finest hotels, looking out over an azure sea.
Meanwhile another customer revealed his unappetizing meal by Spice Jet, complete with soggy omelette
Ryanair passenger, Billy Shearer, made the mistake of ordering the Irish breakfast for a morning flight based on the firm’s description of it as ‘the perfect option to fill up and start your day with’.
It is listed as 10 euros in the company magazine, while the image shows two lovely rashers of bacon, two sausages, hash browns, white pudding, a tomato and some slices of what looks like rustic brown bread.
However, the unhappy diner begged to differ when he ripped off the plastic to find a ‘monstrosity’ of soggy potato waffle, shrivelled button mushrooms and congealed white pudding.
Ryanair was the worst performing airline in the survey of airline food with the result it was the only carrier to receive a terrible one-star rating.
Traveller David Ball shared his ‘business class’ luxury chicken Biriyani, and said the meal was as ‘awful’ as it looked
In fact, the carriers seem to have a particular problem with breakfast. A full English served by BA included a serving of scrambled eggs that was virtually unrecognisable because of its weird colour and consistency, alongside sweaty mushrooms.
Nick Avery, who was flying with the Indian carrier SpiceJet, said: ‘I now know why most passengers opted for a curry breakfast.
‘Apparently, it was an omelette, sausages and hash brown. It tasted as good as it looked.’
David Ball flew business class with British Airways from London Gatwick to Mauritius and assumed the higher fare would afford him a luxurious experience. However, those hopes quickly died when he was presented with a lumpen chicken Biriyani.
On the way back David was treated to a ‘so-called’ omelette for his breakfast, calling the meal ‘disgusting’
‘The steward was raving to all in my section about the treat we were going to enjoy,’ he said.
‘What you see in the picture is a chunk of dry chicken, a piece of dead, burnt cauliflower, a spoonful of gunk and overcooked rice. Awful.’
His return journey in World Traveller Plus, which is a premium economy, was no better when he was served a ‘so-called omelette’ for breakfast.
‘It tasted exactly as it appears in the photo – disgusting,’ he said.
One Norwegian passenger shared her chicken and mash ‘slop’ swimming in grease in it’s plastic container
Another BA premium economy flyer was just as disappointed with his upgraded meal. He described his beef with roasted vegetables and mashed potato as ‘overcooked and burnt on the edges’.
A passenger with Norwegian was dismayed to find her chicken and mash swimming in grease in a meal she described as ‘slop’.
A turkey ham and Swiss cheese ‘baguette’ was equally underwhelming and wrongly described with a scant filling and only a vague attempt to butter the bread.
Etihad customer Richard Cooney was unimpressed with the ‘poor quality and tasteless’ offering on his flight from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi in March.
Another passenger flying with Norweigan revealed their less than appealing turkey ham and Swiss cheese sandwich
He described the sweetcorn, pea and rice starter as ‘cold with no seasoning’ while the cake was so ‘dry and tough’ it resembled a brick.
David Cann had a memorable dining experience on-board little-known Uzbekistan Airways for all the wrong reasons.
He said: ‘It was billed as chicken with aubergine and pasta, which sounded promising. It tasted like an assortment of cardboard packaging.’
Those with special dietary requirements can find their in-flight options are even more limited and unpalatable.
Richard Cooney was shocked by the meal he was given when he flew with Ethiad airlines in March, and said the cake dessert ‘resembled a brick’
Meanwhile another British Airways passenger Yannis Psomadakis, who has complex dietary requirements, was served a revolting low lactose option of cod with spinach and pulses
One BA passenger and coeliac requested a gluten-free option only to end up with a vegetarian/vegan ‘one size fits all’ meal.
She said: ‘What did it taste like? Disgusting. Inedible. Mushy without flavour. I’d brought a bag of crisps which I had to eat as I was very hungry.’
BA flyer Yannis Psomadakis who has a complicated set of dietary requirements, finds its particularly difficult ‘being captive on long-haul flights’. He had a horrible experience with a low lactose option of cod with spinach and pulses.
Airlines UK, which speaks carriers, said it was unable to comment on the Which? research.