A passenger brought an order of “Smoky Ultimate BBQ Ribs” on board their flight. It came with fries and a half ear corn that was served with mayonnaisse and Italian cheese. And he proceeded to eat it in the middle seat on his flight. The on board feast was apparently sourced from Frankie and Benny’s at the Glasgow Airport.
No chance is the guy next to me eating a full rack of ribs plus sides on this plane gtf pic.twitter.com/hDD9u6MlPi
— Lanna Tolland (@lannatolland) February 20, 2023
Despite excellent air filtration on planes, you really don’t want to bring on strong odors. You’re trapped inside a metal tube with 100 or 200 other people, more on a widebody aircraft, and you’re subjecting them to the odors. No one can escape it.
By the same token, if you have access to a lounge between long haul flights consider a shower. If you don’t, at least use some deodorant and brush your teeth.
I once found myself in the odd position of having to a cater a full Boeing 757 from inside the terminal in Seattle. The only two places that were open were a pizza joint (takes too long to make individual pizzas, someone else went there but just for first class) and a Chinese restaurant. The thought of provisioning Chinese for the entire coach cabin on the aircraft sent shivers down my spine. I slipped some cash to the staff at the bagel sandwich place nearby to stay open a little longer. And as they made their sandwiches I felt a little like Woody Allen in Bananas ordering food for the revolutionary army.
The other issue here is that I do not see any wet wipes or napkins to go along with these ribs. Bringing food on a plane that’s going to leave behind a mess, not just trash, is going to be a problem. That sauce gets all over your hands, and is going to get on the seat, the arm rest, and the seat back in front of you. That means you’re leaving the aircraft in worse condition for the passenger who is in your space next, because airlines don’t generally allow enough time between flights for anything more than picking up (some of the) trash.
Airlines should be better about cleaning, but since they’re not it’s incumbent on passengers not to make a mess, even if American Airlines has described taking out seat back entertainment screens from their domestic fleet as providing passengers with a ‘living room experience’.