Airplane food can be hit and miss.
As a general rule, most passengers do not expect gourmet cuisine when flying on a low-cost airline.
But this man was hoping for a little more effort when he flew Jet2 on a four-and-a-half-hour flight from Scotland to Madeira in Spain.
Alex Holowko, known for his mountain biking content, took to TikTok to share his “shocking” airplane food experience.
“Very accurate representation,” he began the clip.
He showed an advertisement of what he expected his so-called “Tuna Crunch Roll” to look like.
“The shocking reality,” he added, sharing footage of what he was served.
It showed the sandwich slathered in what looks like creamy mayonnaise on tiger bread with chunks of red pepper.
However, all the other ingredients were missing, including shredded tuna, cucumber and diced onion.
One person joked that it looked “amazing”, while another suggested having a meal before boarding the plane.
As long as it’s not a hot meal, because according to Jet2 policy – “You cannot bring hot food or hot drinks on board the aircraft.”
While some saw the fun side of Alex’s sad sandwich, others weren’t quite so sympathetic – with many defending the low-cost airline.
“I personally had a great time flying with jet2 and they honestly do their best to ensure the health and safety of all passengers,” one TikTok user wrote.
“It’s catering staff and kitchen staff not jet2! one person pointed out.
“It’s airplane food from Jet2, what did you expect?” another wrote, while a fourth added: “I always get cheese and ham toast when I’m on a flight (jet 2) and it’s really really good.”
One person came to Alex’s defense, saying many would have had a similar reaction if they had been served the same sandwich.
“Why is everyone so mad – you would have felt the same,” they wrote.
Meanwhile, a pilot who works with LoganAir recently revealed why food tastes so different on planes.
In a nutshell, it boils down to changing our ability to perceive taste.
“Our taste buds don’t quite work the same way in the air,” said pilot James Bushe.
“And things don’t taste so salty.
“To compensate for this, the food on the plane gets a bit (of) extra seasoning.”
According to ABC Science, cabin air is 15% drier than air on the ground, making passengers more dehydrated and dry-mouthed.
“A passenger’s bodily fluids will move upwards and the nasal cavities will swell,” he says.
“The swelling upsets our taste buds, making food taste unappealing.”
And so the method of food production is different, with food often being overcooked.