United and Gas

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  1. sfo1
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    Whenever I eat a meal on UA, usually in Business class, it is followed by a slight upset stomach and how to put this in a nice manner "gas". This generally happens on overnight flights across the Atlantic or the Pacific. This seems to happen only with the food on the flight, other than that, this uncomfortable situation does not happen to me at meal time anywhere else. Does anyone one else notice this after a UA meal? Fortunately I now carry Tums or Alka Seltzer with me.
     
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    Maybe start bringing your own food?
     
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    and I'd suggest avoiding all forms of carbonated beverages as well if you can't cropdust...
     
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    Oh how I enjoy public forms :D
    Yes, you are not alone thus you will never see a post of mine saying how great the pre-fab reheated food on an airplane taste (regardless of being up front or not).
     
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    It's unclear to me whether you're singling out UA compared to long flights on other carriers. Pressurized cabins contribute to this, ah, phenomenon.
     
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    If I am in economy I always do, and I may start doing it regardless of what class I am in.

    Only drink water

    Have not had a problem with this on AC or LH
     
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    Interesting - I've also flown on both and haven't noticed a difference either way.
     
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    What are they generally serving?
     
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    I always bring my own food and get on board only water and occasionally a tomato juice or a coffee.
     
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    OMG.... I have to remember to try this on my next flight quoted in your link :D

    Ask a flight attendant if there is an empty corner of the plane to sit in. Explain you are having a problem with gas. They will get it, and hopefully, move you.
     
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    Usually I have the pasta, or the braised short ribs, salad with a small amount of vinegarette, usually eat the vegies, not too keen on the potatoe wedges, they are either partially raw or overdone and dessert usually the ice cream.
    Guess I will have to start taking my own food into bus cl. or else just not eat, and I could afford to loose a few pounds, not that I am that much over weight to start with, but slim and trim is the name of the game.
     
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    From this list, I would definately skip the ice cream and pasta if it contains any dairy, which more likely it does and see if this would help. Braised short ribs should be fine as long as they do not have any added sugar in the sauce. Substitute vinaigrette dressing for some lemon juice.

    Keep in mind, the best option is just bring your own food on board.
     
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    Lactose intolerance, perhaps? I usually take a Lactase tablet or two before the meal to avoid the 'gassy' problem. I definitely avoid the chocolate cookie, ice cream and any beans.

    As for pressurized cabin, the only thing I can think is that UA tends to serve meals faster than AC, so perhaps the GI has not acclimatized to the altitude climb and pressure adjustments may not be perfect so once you add a bit of food to the mix - WHOOSH or is it <pffffft>! :p
     
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    When I saw this thread's title I just assumed that it had to do with them raising fares in correlation to the price of avgas. Now I see that I "ass-umed" wrong. :)

    and yes, for the purists, I do know that avgas is primarily a term for piston airplane fuel.
     
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    Well from all the replies I have gotten it seems that no one else has this same problem, interesting. This problem does not occur anywhere else where I have eaten, so I guess the answer is start taking my own food into Bus cl or put up with, or should I say others will have to put up with it along with me:D
     
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    I noticed a huge difference when I kicked the booze and bubbles. I try to go water only 12 hours before the flight, and just water on the flight. Noticed a big difference in "comfort".
     
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    I've never had this issue. However, I've noticed (smelled) it from other passengers seated next to me.

    When you pass gas do you say excuse me or do you hope your seat mate doesn't notice? If you try to hold it in will it reverse itself and come out of your mouth as a belch?

    This is one reason why I prefer the controllable air nozzles above. When I smell a foul odor coming from my seat mates direction I turn all 3 air vents to the max and point them toward the foul odor.

    If you are the one farting always turn your air vent to the max and point it towards your thighs or waist before you let it blow.
     

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