If you've ever flown for more than two hours by airplane and were subject to an entree that was more military ration than home-cooked meal, then you too understand why the $6 slice of cheese pizza sold out of a kiosk prior to boarding your flight may not be a bad deal after all.
Part of it is the difference in air pressure. Once we start gaining altitude, our olfactory senses are the first to go, and our tastebuds with them. The combination of cool, dry air in the cabin and the lower air pressure essentially numb our taste buds, and cause us to experience the exact same meal that could be quite tasty on the ground in a less than ideal manner.
Pay enough for your plane ticket however, and the chefs in charge of keeping you satiated a few dozen thousand feet off the ground will adjust their recipe to compensate for your lack of taste.
american airlines food is ?— tati (@sailoutbbg) December 17, 2016
(no that's not wine dw) pic.twitter.com/QgxbQw1ACT
I will take Hawaiian Airlines plane food over the hale kehau dining hall a n y d a y pic.twitter.com/RDeEzd9xuR— Mikhaila (@Mikhailasayss) March 30, 2015
Call me when Taco Bell decides to open up shop in the sky.