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Airplane Food: 6 meals you hope you'll never be served

This week American economist Nouriel Roubini complained on Twitter about the breakfast he was served on a flight. We reckon it could have been worse – he could have been served one of these 6 meals.

Back in the day - PAN AM flights provided
Back in the day - PAN AM flights provided "tables for two" complete with flowers, cutlery and real crockery.

THE PLASTIC WRAPPING, the handy tray with separate compartments, the foldable cutlery and the two-choice menu – all characteristics of the modern-day airplane meal.

One part of us loves it – moving the bland food around the too-small tray, the stale bread roll and bad wine is just the slight inconvenience before a holiday full of lavish meals and good times.

The other part of us though still dreads peeling back that lid to see what gruel-like substance lies beneath.

Good, bad or indifferent, the food served while flying is a constant source of chit-chat for travellers. This week American economist Nouriel Roubini took time out of his day to tweet about the lack of balance in his Delta flight breakfast:

Most of us though don't worry about the nutritional value of the meal, we just have a problem with the aesthetics and taste (or lack thereof):

Airplane Food: 6 meals you hope you'll never be served
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    Remember when you were young and you didn't like one food touching another on your plate? Airlines have that problem sorted.
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    The tomato offers a fleck of colour to this Air Canada breakfast. Source: Jackieale via Flickr
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    United Airlines served up this meal on a domestic flight. Source: Chezza G via Flickr
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    We have no idea what this purports to be. Source: Avegancalledbacon via Flickr
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    We're not saying this looks bad...but what is the Hello Kitty made from?Source: Danburg Murmur via Flickr
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    One unhappy traveller was served this meal on route to Singapore. Source: Milo Riano via Flickr
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    Some airlines take "airplane food" literally. Check out these cheesy snacks.

We also discovered, however, there are some airplane meals that we'd be happy to eat in any restaurant. Here's just one example from Japan's ANA airline:

And for dessert on Eva Airways:

We particularly like the delicate, floral-designed plate. Nice touch.

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