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  • What's the deal with airplane food?

  • I mean, really, what is it?

  • These meals are so inedible they've become a decades-old punch line.

  • But why?

  • Why is it so hard to slap together a decently edible sandwich at 35,000 feet?

  • Airlines have tried to make their food tastier, going so far as to hire famous chefs like Gordon Ramsay to overhaul their menus.

  • But still, these in-flight offerings continue to be pretty unappetizing.

  • Well, it's not all the chefs' fault.

  • When it comes to airline food, the issue is simply scientific.

  • Smell is a big part of taste, and up in the air, our nasal passages are dryer than the 18th Amendment.

  • Plus, the cabin pressure makes our taste buds less sensitive.

  • Even the loud cabin noises can actually dampen your sense of taste.

  • To overcome this, airlines offer even saltier or spicier selections to reach your weakened taste buds.

  • But if you really want to improve your culinary experience on board, you can try noise-canceling headphones or you can hydrate your nasal passages, which, take it from me, is way more fun than it sounds.

What's the deal with airplane food?

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