Modern airplane food is notorious for being borderline inedible. The greasy, rubbery meals are tasteless and under-proportioned, and sometimes, you can’t even tell what you’re actually eating.
But it wasn’t always like this. In fact, many decades ago in-flight meals looked completely different. And when you see what people used enjoy on flights around the world, it’ll make your bag of pretzels seem even smaller!
In-flight meals weren’t always terrible.
In the early days of air travel, flights were so expensive that only the very wealthy could afford to travel by plane.
As a result, in-flight service was top of the line to meet the expectations of the affluent clientele.
These plentiful amenities included food.
These photos were recently released by Norwegian air carrier Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS).
They show what the airplane food looked like on their flights from the 1950s to the 1980s.
The picture they paint is almost unrecognizable from the in-flight meals of today.
For one thing, the planes themselves were much more spacious, with plenty of room for large serving stations like this one.
The food offered was also much more glamorous.
Luxurious menu items were common, like lobster…
…and freshly carved meats.
Passengers could order as much or as little as they liked from the menu.
Flight attendants would even offer up freshly ground pepper!
Some planes even had an in-flight sommelier, pictured here in the background.
This menu shows just a few of the high-class dishes available to the airline’s passengers.
These flights to and from Bangkok are pretty mouth-watering.
This menu isn’t as highbrow, but it still offers an array of delicious sandwiches.
Things got less fancy in the 1970s, although meals still had fresh ingredients and decent-sized portions.
And the seats were just as roomy in economy class, making the meal more enjoyable.
By the ’80s, a business class meal still offered lobster, salmon, and fresh vegetables.
Most importantly, the meals were all included in the price of the flight, so passengers never had to worry about going hungry while airborne.
Compared to what gets served on planes today, these bygone in-flight meals make their airplanes look like the best restaurants in town. Now where can I get a lobster at 40,000 feet…?
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