Airlines aren’t known for their culinary prowess. Putting the words “airplane” and “food” together inspires a mental image of mystery meat and peas stuffed into a tinfoil tray. But for one man, the meals are the inspiration behind a dedicated food Instagram and blog.
Nik Loukas has been reviewing airline meals on his blog, Inflight Feed, and Instagram of the same name since 2012. Over the past seven years, he’s flown on (and eaten on) more than 500 flights, consuming everything from sushi to steak at 30,000 feet. His Instagram bio says it best for his more than 25,000 followers: “Travelling the world eating airline food. Info and reviews for passengers on what to eat on over 150 airlines.”
It’s safe to say that few, if any, people are more knowledgeable when it comes to all things airline food. We caught up with Loukas for some insider tips on how to eat like royalty on an economy-class budget.
Interview has been edited for clarity and length.