Did you ever think the food airline companies serve up is bland?
Food tastes different on a plane. Before take off, the atmosphere inside the cabin dries out our noses and as the plane goes higher, the change in air pressure numbs about a third of our taste buds. It is why a lot of airlines add heavy amounts of salt and spice to dishes.
Taste buds and sense of smell are the first things to go at 30,000 feet, says Russ Brown, director of In-flight Dining & Retail at American Airlines. “Food and drink really do taste different in the air compared to on the ground,” says Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University. “There are several reasons for this: lack of humidity, lower air pressure, and the background noise.”
...now you know why. - 4 days ago