Eat Up: The Top Five Airline Food Fails

Eating a bad meal on a flight is adding insult to injury.

Thanks to the post-9/11 security increases, you've already waited in a security line in your socks, slipped on urine in the restroom, and rushed across four different terminals to make it to an early flight... only to find out it had been delayed for five hours.

So after all that hassle, the only thing every passenger wants is a cup of coffee, a warm meal, and an in-flight movie.

The first and the last arrive right on cue and up to your standards. But then that "warm meal" is plopped on the tray in front of you and all of a sudden it's not just the turbulence that makes you want to hurl.

According to a study conducted by the University of Manchester in 2010, background noise heavily affects how meals taste. The study found that loud noises reduce the sweetness or saltiness of a food item, which is considered an explanation for why airline food tastes so bland.

A flight attendant for American Airlines told us that the meals arrive frozen and the flight attendants are responsible for zapping them in a convection oven. It's not the most appetizing means for making a hot meal, but it's the best they can do without a kitchen onboard.

But that doesn't stop airline passengers from complaining, and perhaps rightfully so, in many situations. Thankfully, this is America, and there's a website to document these atrocious meals.

Check out the five most disgusting meals we could find on and just pray that you won't encounter this slop.

5. United Airlines "Sandwich"

Just like Gino, we respect the sanctity of breakfast and firmly believe that eggs should be soft and scrambled, not lumpy and watery. May Mr. Gino live a long and prosperous life following this unfortunate event.

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Devin Desjarlais