03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Airline Food Improves (If You're Willing To Pay For It)

Now that the airlines have had a few years of experience selling food in the coach cabin instead of including it in the price of a ticket, they are applying the lessons they have learned to a new round of "buy on board" options.

The main lesson, it seems, is that passengers want real food, not just snacks. And the airlines are finding out that they have to offer better quality food to get fliers to hand over cash or their credit cards. That is even true of business travelers who expect to be reimbursed for the expense.

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