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Best snack to bring on a plane

I have a trip to Europe coming up soon and would like to get some advice on what I can pick up before my flight to bring on the plane with me. It has to be able to travel well and not be too smelly.

I'm thinking maybe paseanos but I'm concerned the sandwich might be too wet and not hold up well after a few hours. Does paseanos make any relatively dry sandwiches?

Maybe a bahn mi or a hoagie? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. Dried fruit, hard cheese, dried salami, and savory crackers or baguette with whatever wine they're serving in flight!

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    1. re: letsindulge

      +1 on this one! On a previous flight, I've enjoyed a nice spread of salami, cheese, a baguette, crackers, and fresh grapes and apple slices.

    2. Busting out a Liveracce mid-flight would be hilarious.

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      1. re: barryg

        It may be a good thing...the smell could dissuade others from sitting near you!

      2. Thanks for the tips. Any thoughts on where to get the best portable sandwich or other food item?

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        1. re: PorkyBelly

          My wife and I always take an italian hoagie for the flight to Europe - either Sarcone's Old Fashioned Italian or Paesano's Daddy Wad, which is my favorite (but it can be a little moist - maybe ask for it to be dryer). Sarcones has several dry-ish options that travel well for a few hours, at least.
          Our food on the flight back is usually much stinkier - no one really cares because most things smell better than airplane food being heated in large batches just before "feeding time." Just use a ziplock bag - or a nice tupperware which you can reuse to store food for the fight home or protect a fragile souvenir.

          1. re: caganer

            I often bring a Primo's Italian Diablo to my brother in CA and a close friend in FL. Holds well in a cooler.

            1. re: caganer

              +1 for the Sarcone's Old Fashioned Italian. It is my airport/plane sandwich of choice.

          2. I like nuts for this purpose. A handful of loose roasted ones or a slice of folded toast (to avoid sogginess) with peanut butter in the center.

            On the other hand I'm always slightly concerned that someone nearby has a nut allergy. As far as I know allergic individuals can contact the airline beforehand and have arrangements made, but I'm not sure the rest of the passengers would be similarly warned.

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            1. re: lamb_da_calculus

              On second thought...if whatever you are bringing through is too smelly or noticeable, TSA may comfiscate it. At PHL you never know.... You may want to stick with something prewrapped or sealed, or pick up something at the airport.

              1. re: bluehensfan

                TSA won't take your hoagie, they don't care about stinky food whatsoever. I've never had a problem and I fly pretty frequently and almost always with a hoagie or something similar. I don't imagine tourists with hoagies are a rare sight for Philly TSA agents...

            2. Soft cheese and water crackers are my regular. Add lox if you like. Get white wine or club soda from the air crew.

              This topic does not belong in a regional forum, by the way.

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              1. re: GH1618

                well, it does when the person wants specific thoughts on whether food from certain places travels well.

                1. re: GH1618

                  It's a discussion of where to get good airplane friendly food in Philly so yes, it does belong here.

                  Cheese and crackers, the subject of your comment, have nothing to do with Philly or this discussion of where to get travel-friendly food here. You've managed a pretty awkward and contradictory juxtaposition of statements here...

                2. Be careful of not getting something 'saucy'. My daughter actually had her Thanksgiving leftovers taken away in security at PHL and the only thing we could think of was because it had 'liquid' in the gravy. They didn't give her much of a reason and she was so aggravated that she didn't confront them for more of an explanation.

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                  1. re: cook262

                    TSA probably was feasting on your leftovers.

                    1. re: barryg

                      Those turkey drippings will never threaten us again.

                      1. re: Buckethead

                        I took it as a compliment. Figured I had given her the tastiest looking leftovers of the day so they snatched hers for dinner. She, however, was pretty annoyed that she then had to go buy airport food.

                        1. re: cook262

                          I wonder if you could get away with a small amount of oil/vinegar in a container, put it in your 1 qt ziplock back and put it through security.

                          My biggest issue with a hoagie is that the oil and vinegar begin destroying the bread soon after being put on. I would rather add it right before eating.

                          I always bring fruit, hummus, veggies. I have brought hoagies, but always dry..

                          1. re: cwdonald

                            As long as it is less than 3 ounces!

                  2. Hey, folks, just a quick request that you focus your replies on things that the original poster can purchase around Philly to bring with him, rather than general suggestions for airplane-appropriate food. That's what makes this question on topic for this forum. Thanks.

                    1. This whole thread has me thinking. How do we get DiBruno's to open an outpost at the airport?

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                      1. re: Philly Ray

                        I like the DiBruno's suggestion, i might check them out before I go to the airport. Anything I should keep an eye out for?

                        1. re: PorkyBelly

                          They have like a thousand cheeses and meats. Some of the stuff at the cafe upstairs is more hit or miss. They do have prepared foods downstairs that are decent.

                          1. re: PorkyBelly

                            DiBruno's also makes sandwiches at the Rittenhouse and Italian Market locations that would be good for the plane along with some prepared foods.

                        2. I have brought various Primo hoagies on flights and just requested they make them a little dryer than they normally do.

                          I also like to bring fruit and nuts. Nothing is easier and there aren't really any smell or dripping issues. I have also prepared some peanut butter crackers or peanut butter sandwiches at home and eaten apples with them. Peanut butter and apples together is the bomb. Grapes are great too. I have brought cheese, cherry tomatoes and crackers on flights as well.

                          1. You migh also want to check out the menu of Legal Seafood.they have a spot in the airport after security, so no probs there. I'm a big fan of their clams...but cold on a plane later would be yuck........but maybe a lobster roll to go would impreess folks around you