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Sep 23, 2010 12:31 PM

Food for an airplane?

Any ideas on good food to take on a morning flight? I'm thinking along the lines of an egg and cheese burrito, but don't think that will be good cold. I'm thinking of something beyond the obvious cheese & crackers, fruit or cereal. Or am I nuts and these are my only options? (Yes, I could take nuts).


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  1. Just got off a morning plane yesterday where I consumed yoghurt, apple, date square. In other words, things I could buy at Starbucks that were morning-ish and not too messy.

    But next week, my daugher (who must remain Gluten Free and has a corn allergy, too) and I are heading off on a long, long flight. I am wrestling with what to take that is a) permitted both by the airlines and my child's dietary needs, b) delicious, c) not too smelly, bulky or messy.

    Any ideas to trade?

    4 Replies
    1. re: LJS

      are you permitted to have a thermos or two? say with oatmeal (gluten free), or soup or the like?
      you could do your own healthy version of a lunchable, with gluten free crackers, cheese, meat, etc.

      1. re: Emme

        a thermos with more than three ounces of liquid would not be permitted as carry on, per TSA regulations.

        I am not even sure about yoghurt: wouldn't surprise me if LJS bought that at the Starbucks after he or she passed through security. I doubt if it would make it through most TSAs. I've even had apples confiscated once. (as a liquid, go figure). Over-zealous or inattentive (depending on your point of view) TSA officials are everywhere, so it may be luck of the draw.

        For LJS: since it is a long, long flight, you are probably crossing several time zones. Everything I've ever read about avoiding jet lag recommends getting on the new time zone you are going to ASAP. Thus, it may help you plan the meal by thinking about whatever meal it would be where you are going, and not concentrating on breakfast. Certainly cheese and coldcuts would work. Yoghurt would too, actually, though again, I'd buy it AFTER going through security if it is more than three ounces.

        1. re: susancinsf

          We had yoghurt confiscated - we were told that 3 oz. was allowed, but not the 4 oz. container we had with us.

      2. re: LJS

        This response may be late, but my husband also has to eat gluten free and travels quite a bit. He has a lot of trouble finding good options that he's allowed to bring on the plane. He's had cottage cheese and yogurt confiscated. He often brings gf cereal in a bowl and buys a small carton of milk once he's through security. He also brings trail mix, gf crackers, think thin bars. He has recently started bringing an Udi's bagel (doesn't need to be toasted!) and buys cream cheese once he's through security. Good luck!

      3. If you're not opposed to "lunch" food at breakfast, a plain old deli meat and cheese sandwich works. I also love cold pizza for breakfast and find it ultra portable. If I'm trying to avoid carbs (i.e, good for gluten free), I will often take bell pepper slices wrapped in prosciutto and/or thinly sliced cheese, or even fill a bell pepper half with hummus or cheese spread and then wrap in prosciutto to keep the contents intact. Deli meat spread with cream cheese and rolled up is good too.

        1. PB & J on a waffle?
          oatmeal cakes with jam or syrup?
          something in a thermos, like soup?
          parfait of yogurt,fruit, granola, assembled on the plane?
          rice and beans with some cheese?
          leftover lo mein :) or pizza

          1. Do flights allow cold packs? If so, possibilities are endless.
            String cheese, wrapped in sliced turkey
            Pickles, wrapped in sliced ham
            Wraps (corn for your daughter) of cream cheese, pesto, and cold cuts, rolled and sliced, or refried beans, shredded cheese, sliced avocado, crema and salsa stuffed into a bocadillo roll (or any soft large roll with a mid-tender crust; must be able to hold up.) Ditto chicken salad; you probably want to avoid tuna or egg salads, although one thing that contains egg just might work, a pan bagnat: oil packed imported tuna, tomato, nicoise olives, sliced egg, drizzled w/ olive oil, wrapped and pressed, or sliced egg w/ crispy bacon and tomato. (I think the obnoxiousness factor is quelled by the fact that the eggs are sliced, not beaten or chopped. You could take cut-up fruit and a bagel with a schmear, or a peanut butter/banana/raisin spread on gluten-free bread. Cottage cheese, or yogurt; regular cheese cubes and nuts (!), or sliced rare leftover steak on french bread toast; my favorite. I realize these are all completely unorthodox ideas, but I'm huge on any kind of food at any time of day, not just traditional brekkie foods.

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            1. re: mamachef

              So much this! on the "any kind of food at any kind of day" thing. Cold packs aren't allowed on U.S. flights.

              The last long flight I took (Richmond VA to San Francisco) I brought along cold roasted boneless chicken thighs, string cheese and homemade coleslaw. I got it all through security and it was delicious. :D

              1. re: MandalayVA

                i wonder if you could pack a bag or two of frozen berries as your "cold pack." by the time you're on the plane, they've kept food cold and mid-flight might be edible :)

                  1. re: mamachef

                    I am not sure it is that brilliant. Likely to be considered a liquid by TSA.

                1. re: MandalayVA

                  Not sure what you mean, "so much this! any kind of food at any time of day" thing. Did I say something wrong?

                2. Please no eggs out of consideration for your fellow passengers. They are one of those strong smelling foods that tend to smell really bad to everyone else, especially when they've been wrapped up for an hour or so.

                  Once you eliminate foods that could be considered a liquid or gel, you're pretty much left with cheese, crackers, fruit and nuts. You could do a bagel with sliced meat and/or cheese. Or fruit/vegetable with your favorite dip or spread in a 3oz container.