But according to British chef Jason Atherton, it only takes one cheap product to dramatically improve the taste of the notoriously bland food.
The Michelin-starred chef, who flies around 800,000 kilometres a year, recently divulged his travel hack to finance publication Mint.
“It was (the actor) Law who told me to always take Tabasco on a plane. Airplane food is always bland, so it’s great to give it kick. But I just try my hardest not to eat on planes (at all).
“I can normally do it up to about 12 hours. If I go to Australia, I have to eat, obviously, because it’s 24 hours on a plane for me.
"I just eat the protein, drowned in Tabasco, which tastes OK—well, it tastes of Tabasco, to be honest,” he explained.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens