Dairy products like ice cream and yoghurt can go off really quickly and bacteria like listeria can contaminate it.
Jean explains: “You can’t see anything — there’s no odor, nothing you can see. It’s invisible. And airline catering companies do not always dispose of food when they should.”
Fruits that can sometimes come with airline breakfasts may still look fresh but can be cut hours before departure.
This is a reason why airlines tend to use foods that last longer with added preservatives, making them even more unhealthy.
While rice is not a common airline food, it can come with the main meal that the onboard service offers.
Rice can be one of the most bacteria ridden foods that when not handled correctly can make you very ill and cause food poisoning.
Common bacteria found in rice is Bacillus cereus which grows when the rice is cooled down or stored at the wrong temperature.
Other things that should be avoided onboard include ice, water, tea and coffee due to recent testing finding high levels of bacteria in the water tanks on several airlines.