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10 Foods No One Should Eat On An Airplane

02/04/2014 09:17 am ET | Updated Feb 04, 2014
Need we explain?

We've all been there: as you're settling into your seat on a flight, the person next to you pulls out an elaborate meal whose odor immediately assaults your senses and soon fills up the entire cabin. The smell lingers for all eight hours of the flight. It's beyond inconsiderate. The total lack of respect or regard for other people exhibited by bringing something like a tuna fish sandwich on board an airplane is downright rude.

It's high time people started showing a little more respect and stopped bringing smelly or otherwise offensive food onto airplanes. It's no secret that cramped quarters on planes are becoming even tighter, making any semblance of personal space a thing of the past.

Miraculously, this move to maximize capacity and minimize seat size and leg room has coincided with two other important changes: Expanded and upgraded dining options in airports all over the world, and the rapid disappearance of complimentary, on-board meals (remember those?) for passengers not shelling it out for a first-class ticket.

This confluence of events -- fewer in-flight meals, more food available in the airports and closer in-flight quarters -- has created the perfect storm for bringing offensive food onboard. If your taste buds are diminished anyway while you're flying, can't you do everyone around you a favor and wait 'til later for that tuna fish sandwich?

There are some foods no one should eat on an airplane. Here are some of the worst offenders.

  • 1 Tuna Salad
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  • Need we explain? Tuna salad is one of the most distinctly awful foods to bring on a plane.
  • 2 Chili
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  • We love chili as much as the next guy, but we don't need to smell it for four hours after somebody else eats it. Meaty or vegetarian, the spices can give off an overpowering aroma that will linger in the air and may ruin chili forever.
  • 3 Clam Chowder
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  • You're joking right?
  • 4 Egg Salad
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  • If you want the whole plane to smell like a rotting dumpster, by all means! Enjoy your egg salad.
  • 5 Yogurt
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  • This is a tough one, but the smell of yogurt can be nauseating if you're not the one eating it. Do us all a favor and eat it before you get on the plane.
  • 6 Onion Rings
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  • This may seem like an unlikely contender, but if you've ever smelled the intense odor of deep-fried, breaded onion on a plane before, we think you'll agree with us.
  • 7 Hot Dog
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  • That's just rude.
  • 8 Ranch Dressing
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  • The creamy dressing will start to smell like feet sooner or later. Please, spare us.
  • 9 Endless bag of chips
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  • A few chips is fine. A few chips can be great! But the incessant hours of crunching that come with a super sized bag of chips can really wear on the passenger sitting at your side.
  • 10 Seafood of any kind.
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  • Seafood is wonderful. Just not on a plane.

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