What used to be a woman's size 12 in 1968 is a woman's size 4 today; what used to be third-class is economy-class today. What changed? We've grown more sensitive: I'm not overweight, I still fit into a size 12. I'm not a third-class passenger: I'm a price-conscious individual that rides in economy-class.

Despite the name games, airline food hasn't changed much. Economy class meals still come in a wrapper, and business class meals come with real cutlery. This list shows the sometimes striking difference between what the different classes eat in side by side comparison photos.

What do you think about the differences in airplane foods? Submit your comments and food menu photos below, and remember: cheap flight food isn't bad because it's cheap; it's purposefully bad to encourage those with money to buy upper-class tickets!

#1

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines

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#2

Air France

Air France

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CosminChinde
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the economy one looks so much better and homey in my opinion

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#5

Thai Airways

Thai Airways

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kahh
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The first class dishes really looks like japanese food. It has wasabi and vegetables in sakura forms.

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#6

British Airways

British Airways

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LenaWagenfuehr
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

why do airlines think people who are fool enough to shell out the extra dosh to buy the business/first class tickets can be trusted with cutlery/real glasses?

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#7

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

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MaschaClaessens
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mainly the side dishes that look better in first class here.. :P And someone already ate the bread :')

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#8

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

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Aegean Airlines

Aegean Airlines

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#12

Klm

Klm

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IrinaMaksimova
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, must be transatlantic. Klm around Europe has crapy sandwich in Economy and nice 3 course meal in Business

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#13

Kenya Airlines

Kenya Airlines

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Arty
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kenya business class vs Emirates business class...mhhh... :P

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#14

Lufthansa

Lufthansa

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MarielaGaneva
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the past 3-4 year I have flied with Lufthansa fairly often and all they ever give in economy class is a sandwich. Where did you get these photos from? :D :D

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#15

American Airlines

American Airlines

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AmandaMitschele
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can guarantee this is a transatlantic flight because cross country you're lucky if u get a bag of nuts

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#16

Korean Airlines

Korean Airlines

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#17

Air China

Air China

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#18

United

United

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MaddySung
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sad that the airlines in the US have such lame food options compared to many other major airlines.

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#19

Delta

Delta

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TynnaSellenne
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Delta has decent food, however you get a main course, an appetizer (not 2 like in the picture) and something sweet like a small candy bar. You get bread and margarine (no cheese, I got spoilt by Qatar and Etihad, sigh) and in Economy your selection of drinks is sort of limited compared to other long-haul airlines.

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#20

Klm Economy Class

Klm Economy Class

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MatthewOakes
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm a "tree hugger". How is it with "respect" that they still killed the chicken?

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#21

Garuda Indonesia - 1st Class (main Course And Dessert From 3course Meal)

Garuda Indonesia - 1st Class (main Course And Dessert From 3course Meal)

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#22

Etihad Business Class (breakfast)

Etihad Business Class (breakfast)

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#23

Garuda Indonesia - 1st Class (main Course And Dessert From 3course Meal)

Garuda Indonesia - 1st Class (main Course And Dessert From 3course Meal)

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#24

Alitalia - Medium Haul Economy Class Over 3 Hours & Medium Haul Business Class

Alitalia - Medium Haul Economy Class Over 3 Hours & Medium Haul Business Class

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#25

Klm Economy (european Flight)

Klm Economy (european Flight)

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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unboxing the sandwich was funny, the happy cows made me laugh quite a lot ;-)

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#26

Alitalia Medium Haul Economy Class Over 3 Hours

Alitalia Medium Haul Economy Class Over 3 Hours

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#27

Alitalia Economy & Medium Haul Business Class

Alitalia Economy & Medium Haul Business Class

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