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    Esther Rantzen

    How safe are in-flight meals?


    Love them or hate them, in-flight meals are one of the most controversial elements of the package holiday. But even if the thought of plane food doesn’t tickle your fancy, you wouldn’t ever imagine it being the cause of a travel accident compensation claim.

    Why does food taste so different on an aeroplane?

    While there’s nothing unsafe about unsavoury in-flight meals, and as a standalone issue this isn’t a valid basis for a travel-related claim, it’s always disappointing when we’re plated up something less than satisfying when flying.

    It’s all down to science. When we step onto a plane, the pressure inside the cabin means that our sense of smell lessens. As we ascend further into the sky, our ability to taste sweet and salty also decreases. As smell is responsible for 80 per cent of what we perceive to be taste, combined with a restricted sense of taste, this equates to an unappetising mealtime.

    Are in-flight meals safe to eat?

    With the cost that is added to flights for meals on board, it would be good to know if your food is likely to cause any travel-related illness. With all the pre-prepared food, pre-cooking, re-heating, vacuuming, are in-flight meals safe to eat? And are there any risks involved with eating them?

    Most airlines have stringent policies in place to ensure your health and safety while travelling, including preparation of your food. This takes in to account of factors such as storing and cooking meals to the right temperature, and for the appropriate length of time as to kill pathogens, as well as using safe water for cooking.

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    Personal hygiene is always encouraged to minimise the risk of contamination.

    With this in mind, generally speaking, in-flight meals are safe to eat, however, if you do suffer from food poisoning as a result of an on board meal, you could be entitled to travel-related compensation.

    Claiming for your food-related travel illness

    Travel companies and UK-based airlines have a legal requirement to protect your health and safety during travel. Should you suffer from food poisoning as a result of consuming an in-flight meal, it is likely that such negligence could leave you entitled to claim travel accident compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience assisting victims of personal injury and illness. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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