If you’ve been feeling extra cramped on flights these days, you’re not alone.
Air carriers have been been slowly shrinking the amount of legroom customers get for years. The average “seat pitch”—the distance between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat directly in front of it—has decreased from 35 inches in the late 1960s to 31 inches today, and on some airlines has been reduced to 28 inches. That may explain why a quarter of passengers on economy flights said they found seat comfort to be “poor” or “very poor,” a recent survey by Consumer Reports found.
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When you’re cruising at 600 miles an hour, gazing at the beautiful, puffy white clouds outside your window, the dining options don’t always match the view. Flying at a high altitude is one thing, but eating an in-flight meal that’s of equally high quality? That’s hard to find.
For a story for The Huffington Post’s travel vertical, I made the search for fine airline dining a little easier by rounding up airlines with some of the best — and worst — food. Come onboard and take a look through the slideshow of airlines, each judged on a scale of 1 (stick to the complimentary peanuts) to 5 (worthy of first class).