Is airline food safe to eat or do I have to worry about food poisoning? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Although airlines have stringent regulations they are required to follow in food preparation, there is actually a larger risk of bacteria in airline food than in restaurants because of the lag time between when the food is prepared and when it is served.

However, recent investigations have revealed the following violations at some airlines over the past few years:

  • Bird and rodent feces in facilities
  • Condensation dripping water on food
  • Cross-contamination between raw and cooked meats
  • Expired food being used
  • Fans blowing dust on food
  • Food that was not stored at a safe temperature
  • Listeria contaminations in facilities