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Flight Attendants Name the Best Foods on 9 Major Airlines

03/06/2015 10:14 am ET | Updated May 06, 2015
Hawaiian Airlines

Airline food has always gotten a bad rap, but when it comes to eating in mid-air, flight attendants know what's up (AM I RIGHT?).

You trust them with your safety, so it only makes sense to trust them with your satiation. To find out the best mile-high dining options, we reached out to flight attendants and asked for their favorite thing to eat on the plane. This goes way beyond airline peanuts.

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Courtesy of United Airlines

United Airlines Thai tilapia fillet with shrimp

"I think the Thai-style fillet of tilapia with shrimp is the best thing we serve. It's good for a late evening meal because it's not too heavy. You want something light on a later flight." - Sondra Dickens, flight attendant

Virgin America bibimbap

"With our latest menu update, it's hard to choose a favorite dish, but our Korean vegetarian rice bibimbap is definitely high on my list with its big, bold flavors. The bibimbap is a hot bowl of fresh vegetables marinated in ginger, garlic, red chili, lemongrass, and coconut milk served on hot steamed rice and finished with a Korean red chili BBQ sauce and a soft-poached egg." - Mariella Guadarrama, inflight team leader

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Courtesy of JetBlue

JetBlue sea scallops

"When customers on the plane hear we have seafood options, they are generally leery. But in our Mint Experience we offered a hot sea scallop entree with a blackberry Sauternes sauce and foie gras mousse and it was to die for. JetBlue truly brought the freshest seafood I've had on a plane." - John Stripling, inflight onboard lead

American Airlines four-cheese pasta

"My favorite food we serve, and a definite favorite of our customers, is the four-cheese pasta with a cream sauce. It's served in the main cabin on flights to and from South America. This pasta stays moist even in the ultra-dry air of the cabins, and it's creamy and delicious." - Scott Bowie, international flight attendant

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Courtesy of Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Ritz Cheese Crackers

"I always like it when honey-roasted peanuts are back onboard, which happens in January every few years -- and this is our year. But after 19 years of flying, I'm peanutted out. On longer flights we offer free snacks such as 100-Calorie Lorna Doones, 100-Calorie Ritz Snack Mix, and Ritz Cheese Crackers. It's hard to pick a favorite, but you can't go wrong with cheese crackers." - Troy Ford, flight attendant

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