Diet Detective apparently reviews the different airline meals each year around Thanksgiving.
His mentions that the US Airways / American Airlines merger has been bad for healthy options on-board.
That makes sense–the only healthy option is the hummus, and from personal experience, the hummus squirt-packet is really messy to get onto the crackers.
On a slightly related note, I’m reading a book by a food psychologist who suggests that the way our food is plated affects how good we think it tastes.
In terms of airline food, I remember being wowed by my pasta being served in a high-walled bowl on a United flight, compared to US Airways who used to serve the food still in the heating contains (which made it easier to melt the frozen butter pats they served).
I raved about how much better the United meals were afterwards, but I have to wonder–was it the bowl? Similarly, are international first-class meals so excited because of the way they are served? Is the flavor really that much better than economy? What do you think?