Perhaps it is fortunate that domestic airlines no longer offer meals to coach class customers.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request the FDA has revealed that its inspections have found health and sanitation violations in the kitchens of catering facilities that prepare airline food. The violations include improper food storage temperatures and the use of “unclean equipment and . . . workers who practice poor hygiene.” The companies reported on are LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet and Flying Food Group which are the world’s biggest airline caterers and which provide more than 100 million meals annually, serving nearly all of the large American airlines including Delta, American, United, US Airways and Continental.
This is certainly not a happy thought for first class passengers who are the (un)lucky ones who get the meal with the price of the ticket.