Long-haul flights are hardly known for their Michelin-star food ratings.
But a collection of disgruntled airline passengers have highlighted the grim state of mile-high grub with shocking photographic proof.
A website called Airlinemeals.net has gone viral, this month, after curating hundreds of images which show the industry’s sloppiest servings at 30,000 feet.
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Dinner is served! A poor attempt at bacon and scrambled eggs clearly failed to hit the spot
And, unsurprisingly, they’re not very appetizing.
One upload shows a collection of burnt meatballs served on a bed of bone-dry mashed potato, garnished with anemic slices of gherkin.
A second snap captures an indistinguishable mush – perhaps vegetables – served with white rice and two random figs.
A third depicts a burnt pasta bake offered in a white, plastic container with limp, rather pathetic-looking salad.
Appetite-destroying: A pale samosa perches alongside a partially-burnt and lob-sided muffin
Overkill: A burnt pasta dish looks inseparable from the plastic container in which it’s served
Thanks, but no thanks! A soggy sandwich is served-up alongside a packet of crisps
As if that wasn’t enough, another displays a pale samosa dished-up against a flat, over-cooked muffin, while a sad fruit salad contains just two slices of browned apple and a lone grape.
Yet, despite their lack of appeal, the images have now assumed a comedic value and collectively attracted more than 4 million visitors.
To date, the library contains more than 17,000 pictures from 520 airlines.
Come dine with me? Vegetable mush served with white rice and two random figs
Food for thought: Burnt meatballs served on a bed of bone-dry mashed potato, garnished with anemic slices of gherkin
Five a day? No chance: One passenger was served an apple and orange with a courgette, while another was presented with a fruit salad consisting of two apple slices and a lone grape
Moreish? Two slices of a jelly-filled meatloaf sits alongside some fat-heavy potato salad
The site’s anonymous founder and webmaster, a 35 year-old graphic designer from Holland, credits Asian airlines with the best menus.
“I would say airlines from Asia get the best results… Singapore Airlines, JAL Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways International, Emirates… and from my own experiences I would like to add Qatar Airways and Vietnam Airlines,” he says.
“They’re all top notch.”
Best of a bad bunch: This Mexican-inspired airline meal is far from great, but will do
Gross: The curry might just be acceptable, but the dessert (top, left) is indistinguishable