Airline food is often bland and expensive but that doesn’t make it acceptable for passengers to stink up the plane with their food, say other passengers. In a new survey, 48% of respondents said that it was rude to bring food with strong odors on planes, while 12% said airlines should ban passengers from doing so. A ban on bringing food on a plane is unlikely to happen, and that is a good thing: Major airlines have done away with complimentary meals and snacks and even sodas.
About a third of respondents (31%) said they had no opinion about smelly food, and 9% said that people should be able to bring on any type of food they want.
There were some divisions along gender lines — 52% of women said bringing food with strong odors is rude, but just 43% of men did. More men (18%), however, said airlines should ban passengers from doing so, compared to women (6%).
Some respondents even said that a passenger should be able to request another seat if they end up next to someone with disagreeable food. But some others pointed out the obvious: If airlines served better (or any) food, passengers would be less likely to cause problems by bringing on strong-smelling food.
“People should be considerate of other passengers, especially as planes reduce personal space and the number of flights offered which means fuller planes,” said GO Airport Express president John McCarthy.
Bringing pungent food onto a plane was cited as one of the worst behaviors of airplane passengers by 32% of respondents in an Expedia survey in December. Behavior that ranked worse included kicking the seatback and having body odor. Read more…