Your Aeroplane Food Table Is So Much More Than Just That
It's a tricky one, isn't it? A 6am flight means, when you get up and travel to the airport, the air is still a little brisk.
Yes, you may be flying out to Benidorm, but your journey starts from Blackpool and shorts and a t-shirt just isn't a feasible way to start the day.
You opt for trackies and a jacket: easy and lightweight, and wearing them means you won't roast to death on your way to the hotel on the other side of passport control.
But once you're on that plane, you want to be comfortable. You take your hoodie off, but now where are you going to put it? You can't use the overhead racks as they're crammed with suitcases. Putting it behind your back will only create discomfort. And the makeshift pillow just isn't going to work.
No worries, because now there's a cracking life hack...
That table in front of you, take a closer look. That catch that the table snaps int? Yep, that's a coat hook too, you know.
On some, older, planes you'll already see that they have a coat hook on the seat in front anyway but, for those that don't, that food table can become a useful addition.
Although the planes are often made by makers like Boeing, their insides can be crafted by companies such as Rockwell Collins - a manufacturer of aeroplane seats.
A spokeswoman for the company told HuffPost that the tray table hook is a 'coat hook option that some airlines take' when designing their cabins.
On longer flights, that may not be all too suitable, especially when your food comes.
Mind you, after learning the truth about aeroplane food, you may wish to keep that table locked and firmly in the 'upright positon'.
Practically all the meals, whether in economy or first class, are ready meals. There's a factory in Switzerland that produces around 25,000 of the meals per day. And although it may say fresh on the packaging, it's likely to be between 12 and 72 hours old.
It's all measured to the nth degree, in an effort to save money. American Airlines discovered in the 80s that it could save £31,000 per year by removing a single olive from each passenger's salad.
The best option, if you are to eat it, is the sauciest meal. Otherwise it's likely the whole experience will be ruined by dried food.
Also, your cuppa tastes 'different' because of the altitude you fly at, and the noise of the engines can also have an impact.
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