Don’t Blame The Airline Company For The Bad Taste Of Plane Food; It’s YOUR Fault, Believe It Or Not

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If you tend to fly on airplanes frequently, you might want to pay attention (if you haven’t already) to the fact that food actually tastes differently when you’re high up in the clouds than it does on the ground.


When we fly above 10,600 meters or 35,000 feet, the human sense of smell and taste changes; the decrease in sensitivity ranges anywhere between 20-30%. In fact, according to a 2010 study by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, it’s our sweet and salty senses that suffer the most.

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Strangely enough, sour, bitter and spicy flavors remain mostly unaffected. This because when you enter an aeroplane, the atmosphere inside the cabin affects your sense of smell first. Then, as the plane takes off and climbs higher and higher, the air pressure in the cabin plummets – along with the humidity. As a result, this combination of factors reduces the sensitivity of your taste buds.

Bonus fact: Because of this, traditional recipes served on flights are bombarded with several times as much salt and spices compared to normal to account for the cabin dining atmosphere.