The way United Airlines chooses your in-flight meal is far more intricate than you'd think
Just in time for those grueling holiday flights, United Airlines is unveiling a new onboard menu that you might actually want to eat.
According to the company, the fall menu is all about customer satisfaction.
Not only did the airline have four chefs collaborate on the new menu (rolling out November 1), frequent fliers were invited to its Newark Liberty International Airport facilities to taste the food and give their input.
With plenty of regional specialties and seasonal ingredients, the new premium-cabin and United Economy meal and snack options will feature chef-inspired dishes on flights throughout North and Latin America.
Keep scrolling for a look at what's to come.
United Airlines invited a handful of frequent fliers to its Chelsea Food Services center at Newark Liberty International Airport to test the new menu.
Clockwise from left to right: Chef Gerry Gulli, Chef Gerry McLoughlin, Chef Robin Carr, and Chef Christian Ramos, who is a chef and partner at Virginia's in New York's East Village.
Meals are only tested at sea level for now. But since altitude can affect the way we taste food, United plans to take a plane out of service and turn it into a flying test kitchen of sorts.
Thanks to the altitude and lack of humidity on planes, our taste buds are dulled by almost 30%. To counteract this, Chef McLoughlin ups herbs and spices by 10 to 15%.
Soon, you'll be able to order a Moscow Mule on your United flight. The Chicago-based carrier partnered with with local bottled cocktail company Crafthouse Cocktail
This is the South Pacific salad and sweet chili shrimp. Dishes will now be served with the protein on the side to make them more adaptable for vegetarians.
One of the suggestions United heard time and time again was the demand for lighter, healthier dishes. This butternut salad is one of many new salads on the menu.