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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CosminChinde
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5 years ago

as always the economy one looks better :)

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#2

Air France

Air France

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CosminChinde
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5 years ago

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

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#3

Ana Airlines

Ana Airlines

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GrizzliesRule
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5 years ago

PIKACHU CUP!!!

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#4

Emirates Airlines

Emirates Airlines

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GlendaBoufleur
Community Member
5 years ago

Again, economy class wins! Not everybody likes fish. (Not even salmon)

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#5

Thai Airways

Thai Airways

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ShintaroBandai
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5 years ago

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Obviously, the pic of Thai Airway's firstclass dishes are wrong. That is japanese ones!

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#6

British Airways

British Airways

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CleofeAlbano
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5 years ago

not true, economy now gives you a sandwich, and that s it.

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#7

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

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AlexandraDumitrache
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5 years ago

I see no big difference.

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#8

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

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HannaAndersson
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5 years ago

First class food looks terrible! What is that?

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#9

Air Canada

Air Canada

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PatTheo
Community Member
5 years ago

Thats better.

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#10

Aegean Airlines

Aegean Airlines

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AndreaJoian
Community Member
5 years ago

are you supposed to eat the bread with the pasta?

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#11

Cathay Pacific Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airlines

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MiaMelberg
Community Member
5 years ago

A kitkat?

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#12

Klm

Klm

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LilianaDimitriu
Community Member
5 years ago

Honestly, people, where did you get these photos? Klm does not give you that much food on economy. I bet none of them do.

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#13

Kenya Airlines

Kenya Airlines

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Arty
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#14

Lufthansa

Lufthansa

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MarielaGaneva
Community Member
5 years ago

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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Arty
Community Member
5 years ago

Aha American, not really better in business class :D

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#16

Korean Airlines

Korean Airlines

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PaulaDe
Community Member
5 years ago

woah business class is crap as well ha?

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#17

Air China

Air China

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clever_monky
Community Member
5 years ago

no different enough..

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#18

United

United

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MaddySung
Community Member
5 years ago

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
Community Member
5 years ago

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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EdTiongson
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5 years ago

Oooo!! Tree Hugger Special.

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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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MohammadAnditoBudhiRamadian
Community Member
5 years ago

At least, they still provide the food for my ##### stomach :D And to be honest: they are delicious. I mean it. Best food

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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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5 years ago

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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