Is it Rude to Bring Food on the Plane?
I just returned from our family trip to the Keys and we had a blast. Being a family of four we usually fly 2 and 2 in consecutive rows so that almost always means we leave our aisle seat to the seatmate chance wheel. Is that a thing? Nope I just made it up but you get the point :).
On the way home I lucked out with getting a empty seat next to me…clean living as PDX Deals Guy likes to say. On the flight to Miami my seatmate sat down with a bag of food from a restaurant, and my stomach dropped. I have to be honest I hate smelling other people’s food…it bothers me for some unknown reason. If I am eating somewhere it is not a problem since it is expected, but on an airplane etc. I don’t want anything to do with it.
What is the Proper Etiquette?
Luckily for me it was just a grilled cheese and fries so nothing bad. My wife mentioned that someone brought a garlic Italian dish that filled the whole cabin on her recent flight to the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.
But this got me thinking, what is the proper plane dining etiquette? There is no rule for this…airplanes allow you to bring on food no questions asked. But should there be unspoken rules? Is it a law vs morality type of debate?
I know where I fall on the spectrum but I also realize that people need to eat and that sometimes they didn’t have time to eat before boarding or in-between connections. I personally make sure to finish my food before boarding and if I don’t have time then I will bring on a bag of chips or crackers etc. to get me through.
Should there at least be a unwritten rule that food with strong odors should be ditched at the door? I love beef jerky as much as the next guy but it has a strong odor so I would never take it on a plane with me.
I am curious to read what others think on the topic. Am I being unreasonable? Should people leave food with strong odors behind? Or do they have a right to bring on anything they want?
When you are in a metal tube with hundreds of other people breathing the same recycled air I don’t think it is too much to ask for someone to ditch the smelly food for a few hours. But let me know what you think in the comments section.