3. Avoid Airplane Ice

Ice Cube

Even in a pandemic-savvy modern world, airplanes are breeding grounds for germs. Airplane ice is vulnerable to contamination from germs as it passes through the cabin and is handled by many airplane crew hands. To avoid catching as many germs as possible, skip the airplane ice and deal with having drinks on a flight without it. 

What about iced drinks from an airport terminal? Keep in mind there’s no way of really knowing how the ice is handled and how often, so it’s not necessarily safer for your health. 



You might also prefer to bring your own booze (BYOB) to save some money (airline alcohol can be expensive) and have more options. However, there are strict rules for this consumable treat. Your airline probably requires that crew members pour the drinks for you, and they might have guidelines for alcohol content.

For example, Southwest Airlines rules state that “alcoholic beverages with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol are limited in checked bags to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags.”

1. Final Takeaway


For an overall better experience with airline food, the key is planning ahead. Start with the specific airline’s website to find out your options, or give them a call with your food and drink questions ready. Most airlines are going to allow essentials like baby food and breast milk, but packaging and packing them the right way is important to avoid disappointment and confusion at the security gate. Learn the rules, follow them, and then enjoy your airplane dining with more confidence. Without the ice, of course.


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