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May 14, 2013 03:03 PM

What would YOU do?

Okay, you are stuck on a plane for hours on the runway. Or in the air. The airline personnel have already passed out all the food and drink they have, but everybody is getting hungry. You had the foresight to pack a big bag of trailmix in your carryon. What do you do? Do you save it for yourself, or share it with others. If you share, how do you decide who gets some?

I have never been in this situation, but, in fact, I dont know what I would do. On one hand, I would like to share, but cant give to everybody. If I keep it for myself, I would feel guilty and miserly.

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  1. Oh good god, it's not the Donner party. Share. Coming from a generation where we didn't enjoy multi-course meals during road trips or a twenty-minute car commute I couldn't envision any scenario where you'd be without food for an unbearable interval. And certainly not two hours on the tarmac (any wait of three hours or more will trigger penalties from carriers, so 3+ hour delays rarely occur these days).

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    1. re: ferret

      Yeah. It's not the Donner party. They'll live. So hog it all down yourself.

      1. < Do you save it for yourself, or share it with others. If you share, how do you decide who gets some?>

        First of all, I don't easily get hungry, so I most probably won't even think of getting it out. Second, if I do get it out, then I would offer it to a few people.

        <how do you decide who gets some?>

        I most likely will share with people next to me (since I have had offer snacks to others on the plane -- they always turned me down though)

        Regardless, I don't think I would offer my snack beyond the people next to me (within 2 seats). I don't think I would stand up and start walking around the aisle. The only exception is possibly the little kids.

        1. How big? If it's like, over a pound then sure I'd share. But if it's just a single serving size, then probably not.

          And I agree with ferret... people might get cranky, but nobody is going to starve to death after a couple hours of not eating.

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          1. re: juliejulez

            <nobody is going to starve to death after a couple hours of not eating.>

            Are we sure that cannibalism will not happen?

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              In America, they are required to take you off the plane if three hours have passed.

              Most people should be able to go 6-7 hours between meals.

              1. re: 512window

                It certainly did not happen to me. I was trapped in a plane (on the runway) for 6+ hours. That was 7 years ago in Newark airport, NJ.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  Six hours. Last December. But we never pushed back, which apparently is when the countdown to penalty starts.

                  I would share with the people next to me.

                  1. re: debbiel

                    That is the time I start complaining of chest pains and inducing my gag reflex.

                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                      I am a three time heart patient. I would pull that after the first hour.

                    2. re: debbiel

                      I'm with you. Share with my row-mates if they'd like some.

                    3. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      The Newark airport is its own special kind of hell. Wasn't that the incident that brought about the 3 hour rule?

                      1. re: Isolda

                        I thought it was Detroit. But maybe that's because I've flown through Detroit more than Newark and so am more familiar with its hell.

                        1. re: debbiel

                          It was Detroit and Rochester, Minnesota. Apparently, the conditions were brutal. Passengers threatened to deploy the evacuation slides.

                        2. re: Isolda

                          <Wasn't that the incident that brought about the 3 hour rule?>

                          Not sure what triggered the 3 -hour rule, but I know that 6+ hour delay triggered me to buy my first Nintendo DS. At least now I can play video games while getting stuck in airport/airplane.

                      1. re: tcamp

                        Old Christians Club Air. That was the name of the rugby team that crashed in the Andes in 1972, BTW.

                    4. re: juliejulez


                      if you took the time to plan for the possibility of getting hungry later so you packed something and others didn't, um, it's like the I love Lucy show where they all ate the cheese sandwiches except Lucy who wasn't hungry at the time but when need to eat came up, she still had hers and they were dying to get a piece.

                      1. re: juliejulez

                        Some do "seem" to get more than cranky. They become ravenous, even after only an hour's flight.

                        We recently flew a half-dozen flights on commuters, on 55 min. flights, and most passengers brought bags and bags of food aboard. We were flying back and forth between IAD and TYS, and both airports have restaurants.

                        We do SFO to PHX and back, maybe 3x per month, and in an hour and 23 min. flight, observe people eating two meals, which they brought on board.

                        I think that an airliner changes many people, and in major ways.


                      2. On many of the flights I am seatmates don't need any extra food!

                        And if you order a drink?.do you give your seatmates half? Never once in over several thousand trips have I been offered that.

                        You seat, your space, your food

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                        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                          <You seat, your space, your food>

                          Absolutely not true. You have sat next to an overweight person on a plane, have you?

                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                            I pack lunches and snacks on plane rides. I don't worry about getting hungry...ever.... I snack on nuts, dried fruits, cookies drinks, sandwiches, may take up space in luggage but once it's gone the room in your bag is back. I don't want to count on anyone else having to plan on my hunger.

                          2. re: FriedClamFanatic

                            It is not always need. It is being kind and oh... neighborly. Acting with grace.

                            If drinks can be ordered by all then there is no need to share.

                            Did you go to college in San Diego in the 80's and have two girl roommates?

                          3. Since I hate the food on planes I bring my own meals if its a long flight that crosses a meal time. I am thinking flights that are 4+ hours over the dinner or lunch hour. The last time I flew home from NO I brought a muffaletta and when I had a noon flight out of JFK I brought a Katz corn beef sandwich. And no I wouldn't share them. The one from JFK sat in the runway for just about 2 hours. I am sure the people around me would have killed me if they could since it wasn't a meal flight anyway so the pickings were slim.

                            But your average flight? No one is going to starve. If you are hungry and drag out a big bag of trail mix it would be nice to offer to your seat mates or ask the stew if there are any kids on board who are hungry. Of course that's tricky no matter what. Your seat mate might have an allergy, the kids parent might have a strict "no opened food" from strangers policy…

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                            1. re: foodieX2

                              I would have "killed" you for bringing a corned beef sandwich on a plane. Stinky.

                              1. re: gourmanda

                                corn beef is stinky? <head scratch>

                                Corn beef and *cabbage* is stinky, Ill give you that.

                                1. re: foodieX2

                                  I think that good corned beef and pastrami both have a distinctive aroma to them relating to the spices used in curing them. We eat with our sense of smell as well as taste, and part of the pleasure of eating corned beef is its aroma. I love the smell of both but I can understand what @gourmanda was talking about within a confined space where people's sense of personal space is compromised to begin with.

                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                    Absolutely they have a distinctive aroma! But stinky *to me* means very strong and unpleasant. I don't think of it as such when it’s in a sandwich form. It not something I associate with being bowled over by, even when someone I am dining with orders it. I have never heard anyone say “OMG who ordered corn beef, or Who put corn beef in the fridge” they way they do when someone micro’s curry or make tuna fish in our work pantry.

                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                      Different smells for different folks...or something like that. :)

                                      I can definitely smell when there is corned beef or pastrami in our fridge at home. I usually double seal it in 2 ziploc bags.

                                      And remember: some people's sense of smell is more sensitive than others, especially in the confines of an airplane cabin.

                                      1. re: ttoommyy

                                        Exactly. It's the small space and close proximity that are the problem. Even in our small office, if someone orders a corned beef sandwich and you walk in from outside--stink city (yes, strong and unpleasant)! Now, if you're outside eating it or eating it in a dining establishment where there are many other aromas, fine. But in an airplane, squished up next to your neighbor? Please bring something else. And yes, you can definitely smell it in the refrigerator.

                                        1. re: gourmanda

                                          "Now, if you're outside eating it or eating it in a dining establishment where there are many other aromas, fine. But in an airplane, squished up next to your neighbor?"

                                          You make a good point. When in a restaurant or even on a plane when food is being served, the aroma is intertwined with other food smells and it is a nonissue. But when someone is eating on a plane and almost no one else is and the food has a strong aroma (even one you like) but it is all you can smell, then it can be an issue.

                                          Believe me, I LOVE corned beef sandwiches, but I probably would not bring one on a plane for the exact reasons we have been discussing.

                                          1. re: gourmanda

                                            <<Please bring something else. And yes, you can definitely smell it in the refrigerator.>>

                                            Too late- I can't go back and change time,lol

                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                              No you can't change time. You can be courteous the next time.

                                    2. re: foodieX2

                                      corned beef is very stinky.
                                      so is pastrami, but in a very different way.
                                      would never bring anything as stinky as corned beef or pastrami on a plane.

                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                        Ah, see? You are so much superior than this lowly gal. You are obviously well bread with impeccable manners.

                                        But its delish, especially when the only other option is packaged peanuts.

                                    3. re: gourmanda

                                      I wouldn't have killed. Just wrestled for the sandwich.

                                      1. re: gourmanda

                                        love corned beef sandwiches, stinky, not sure
                                        love tuna sandwiches, stinky, yep
                                        love big ole bananas, stinky sitting next to someone eating one in a confined space, yep

                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                          So why is any food ok on a plane if so many people are sensitive to smells in confined spaces? To me nothing is nastier than the smell of those flavored tortilla chips they hand out or the sun chips. And the hot meals they serve on international flights are pretty nasty smelling too. Heck on those flights some of the people smell worse than the food!

                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                            " Heck on those flights some if people smell worse than the food!"

                                            Flew from Madrid to Warsaw one time. I'd have given anything for the aroma of a few pastrami wafting through the cabin. It got much worse at baggage claim.

                                            1. re: grampart


                                              The worst is when you could still smoke! In a flight from JFK to Rome the male stews smoke liked chimneys and wore mass amounts of cologne. Nasty!

                                              1. re: foodieX2

                                                There was a time people could smoke on the plane. Major nasty!

                                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                                  I remember those days. I didn't travel much then, but I always seemed to have a seat in the row right next to the smoking section. Ick.

                                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                                    Even as a smoker, I thought lighting up on a plane was kinda nasty, but it sure was a lot easier then to get away with "burnin' one" in the restroom. ;-)

                                                    1. re: grampart

                                                      Haha! I was traveling with a smoker friend from Seoul-Atlanta and we sat on the tarmack 3 hours, 14 hour flight, she's gettin' agitated and then we land and can't pull into the gate because there is a luggage cart parked there. They find they luggage cart dude, but he can't find the key, another 2 hours. I though my friend was going to explode.
                                                      All the trail mix in the world wouldn't have soothed her ;)

                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                        I am SOOO glad I quit 30 months ago!

                                                    2. re: ttoommyy

                                                      I have a friend, nonsmoker, who always used to request the smoking section so he wouldn't get stuck near small children.

                                            2. re: gourmanda

                                              Ah, you should have been next to that muffaletta! While I love 'em, I would not eat one on a plane. It's almost like a durian fruit between two pieces of Italian bread.

                                              Now, I was on an inter-island flight once, where a passenger brought the family kimchi jar, and opened it (probably been sealed for 15 years!), and the plane almost crashed. I am certain that the pilots grabbed for their oxygen masks.

                                              Gotta' watch out what you bring aboard to eat.