Coffee, Tea, or Tapas? Critiquing Airline Fare

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  1. sobore
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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903918104576500154141662340.html

    Alaska Airlines offers an extensive menu of healthy coach-cabin food options, including vegan and gluten-free items, chicken and vegetable meals and "Smart Heart picnic packs.''
    Yet its best-selling item is a quarter-pound cheeseburger reheated in-flight. The aroma from the oven stimulates sales, says Lisa Luchau, Alaska's director of onboard food and beverage.
    Many airlines have experimented with offering healthy items and fresh salads, only to find travelers more often going for salt and carbohydrates. Trying to entice customers to buy food onboard, several carriers have created snack boxes filled with a cornucopia of junk food packed with more calories than a basic meal.

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    The problem with the healthy salads and sandwiches that they have for buy-on-board is that they are often either A) completely bland and boring (iceberg lettuce with a few random toppings like dry chicken pieces and veggies that are starting to go bad) or B) soggy and dodgy (wraps that have hardened on the outside and congealed on the inside).

    While I prefer eating healthy, when ti comes to avoiding food poisoning and assuring some "quality", this is one case where I feel safer with processed foods that are shelf-stable.
     
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    You raise a very good point. If the boxes don't sell on the first one or two flights, they could be sitting around for a while, which makes the "fresh" options not quite so fresh anymore.
     
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    Fresh may mean less than 2 weeks old in airline speak! :D
     
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