Any recommendations for food choices (bring-aboard) for a trip NYC-London? I haven't flown internationally recently, and am a bit out of practice. Plus do I have to eat everything up before I get there...not sure what the food import rules are, especially about meat. Not that there would be much left, most likely, but will the food police throw me in jail for half a ham sandwich?
Yes, you do have to eat all animal products before you go through customs in London, or deal with declaring it. As an island state, the UK has strictly enforced rules about meat (and produce and plants) coming into the country. (This site may be helpful: http://www.food.gov.uk/foodindustry/i...)
Escargot3 is right that it's a good idea to limit salt intake on flights (i.e. with his salt free nut suggestion), since you're likely to swell and retain water on long flights as it is. I wouldn't personally bring very salty meat sandwiches on board for that reason. You will have access to water once on board, though. Most, though not all, airlines still offer unlimited free beverages, even in coach. You just have to ask if you need more than the one or two rounds of beverages they bring around automatically.
After all is said and done, what you choose to bring on board really depends on what you like to eat. I've grabbed a prepared tray of cheese and dried fruit from Murray's Cheese. I've also done flights like this with a few Luna bars and fresh fruit. Sandwich wraps are nice and portable if you like the sandwich genre. If you bring a salad, be aware that some stickler security people will make you throw out the liquid dressing (though in my experience, most won't). To be safe, you could mix dressing into a salad beforehand or bring a small, sealed packet of single serving dressing.
Being in the air deadens one's sense of smell for some reason. So while you should avoid extremely smelly foods (i.e. no Limburger cheese), many midlly odiferous foods (i.e. brie, cheddar, pad thai noodles, cold pizza, xiao long bao) don't really stink up the cabin as much as you might fear.
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I travel frequently, and I've always considered domestic airlines to have crappy food. As a result, I have always packed my own food for flights -- short or long. I agree with the notion of avoiding foods with strong odors (tuna fish, chinese or other foods with lottsa garlic). Instead, I typically bring a roasted turkey sandwich, along with fresh fruit and a little kid's carrot and celery sticks.
Since the delays on the tarmac can be an issue: always bring extra protein (almonds without salt) and always some dark chocolate... And I pick up a bottle of water on the far side of the security check. Yes, I'm carrying a lot of food. But I'm the envy of my row. And if they're nice folks, I share the chocolate.
An airplane is a confined space and I think it's best to stick to foods that don't have strong odors. I'd personally avoid Chinese food and even strong, moist meats such as pastrami. I've found dry salamis, hard cheeses, bread, crackers, nuts, and cookies to work well. You can carry all these through security (packed in ziploc bags) without a problem. Dry meats such as salami are also better equipped to survive 10+ hours without refrigeration if you do have leftovers.
I say, except for liquids, buy stuff ahead and bring it along -- you're choices are so much better, not to mention cheaper.
Bring some roasted nuts. I like to order a cocktail and (ahem) pull out my nuts -- I like to call it "first class in coach".
Also, I like to bring sandwiches (salami on a bagle from Murray's Bagels is good!)
Some pieces of fresh (or dried) fruit....Beef jerky. Stuff like that...
I second that scotty27! whatever you do don't get the Carmelo from Carnegie. My last trip abroad we brought chinese take out since it was prepacked perfectly and sturdy. lots of fried rice, chow fun and ribs. nothing to saucy as to set off the "liquids rule". Thai works well also. Another trip we brought daisy mays take out once and that was great but went through 25 wet-naps between 2 of us.
You can bring food onto the plane, just not liquids unless those liquids were purchased after you go through security. As far as what is allowed into the UK...you have to check what UK customs regulations are in terms of what is permitted in. You might want to ask on the UK board.