For the sake of this discussion, I’ll assume we’re all crammed together in economy. The food in the pointy end of the plane is much more varied and appealing, but the associated price tag means it’s still out of reach for most of us.
Do you need to eat at all?
On an international journey, eating meals helps pass the time, and for any destination further away than Auckland, will be a necessity for reasons of health. (Starving yourself for 24 hours will add a whole extra dimension to jet lag.)
However, on domestic flights, there’s no essential reason why you should have to eat a meal or snack just because it’s an option. If you’re flying when you’d normally be having a meal, eating can be a good time management trick. But if not, skipping the can of soft drink and the cupcake is something your waistline might thank you for later.
Angus has been writing professionally about technology since 1994 and breaking it for even longer. He is based in Sydney but spends a frankly unhealthy portion of his life on the road, tracking down the latest stories. In 2011, he won the IT Journo Award For Best Consumer Technology Journalist and Consensus IT Writers Award for Best Technical Writer for his work on Lifehacker; about time too.