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.