These Are the Foods That Flight Attendants Say You Should Never Eat on a Plane

Airline food is notoriously bad — to the extent that Anthony Bourdain said that he would never eat it on his frequent travels around the world. There are plenty of things that flight attendants won’t tell you about airplane food, especially not the fact that most of them don’t want to eat the food served by the airline. But if you’re following flight attendants’ cues and bringing your own food onto the plane, you have to think about which foods are and aren’t a good idea to pack for a flight.

These are the foods flight attendants and other experts say you should never eat on a plane, including one that could make your feet swell up (No. 11).

1. Fish and seafood

A business class meal on a flight

Airline meal | Aureliy/ iStock/ Getty Images Plus

Refinery29 reports that if you want to stay on the good side of the flight attendants (and your seatmates), you should try not to eat anything with a strong smell on your next flight. Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and host of the Emily Post Institute’s Awesome Etiquette podcast, as well as three flight attendants, told Refinery29 that passengers should avoid bringing fish onto a flight.

Next: Don’t pack this popular fruit. 

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