I don't eat on planes. I like to arrive hungry.


The quote in the above title is from Anthony Bourdain in an interview with Bon Appetit this past May. But, are any of us any different? Why has it become so fashionable to knock airline food? According to the Department of Transportation, U.S. airlines raked in a profit of US$25.6 billion in 2015, a 241% increase from 2014. No surprise that in Travel & Leisure’s 2015 Guide to the World’s Top 10 Airlines, not one U.S. carrier made the list.

But wait…maybe things will change. In July, United Airlines announced a partnership with Illy to serve their coffee on all of their flights and in all of their lounges worldwide. Wow! This is the kind of decision that would make me select one airline over another. And, I suspect I am not the only one.