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Best of the Hotline: Foods that Fly Well

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Some questions on the Hotline have staying power, and for good reason—they cover the questions we ask ourselves time and time again. Join us as we revisit some of the most popular.

Today: The best foods for a long flight.  


With airplane food, you're lucky if your meal includes a salvageable roll, butter, and a packaged cookie or two. And when the flight attendant plunks down a plastic tray in front of you on a long flight, it's likely that you'll see congealed pasta cooked into limp submission or mystery meat swimming in an even more mysterious sauce. To avoid the inevitable disappointment, the solution is simple: pack your own food. 

But not all foods are plane ready. Over on the Hotline, nzle asks the age-old question of what food to bring on an 11-hour plane ride—anything that's "filling, easy to pack, stores/ages well, and isn't too messy to eat," she says. While the in-flight entertainment might include box office bombs, you can control the eats.


From the deli case 


Savory, stuffed pockets 

Really eggcellent

  • Maggiesara says, "eggs are king when traveling" and loves Persian kuku, a frittata-esque dish "stuffed with just about anything," including herbs, barberries, and chopped walnuts.
  • Aussiefoodie mixes egg, cream, and fillings like cheese and mushrooms, then bakes it in puff pastry for "a meal in a single-serve portion." 
  • Maedl opts for the tried-and-true boiled egg

All the pasta(and grain)bilities 

Pantry Cookie

Sweet dreams 

What foods do you take on a flight? Tell us in the comments below! 

Tags: your burning questions, airplane food, travel