Why Food Tastes Different on Planes | Factors that Influence Taste

1. High Altitudes Affect Your Taste Buds

Food Tastes Different On Planes Due To The Altitude

When you’re at a high altitude, the fusion of the dry air and pressure change messes with the sensitivity of your taste buds. According to a 2010 study by the German airline Lufthansa, high altitudes tend to change the taste perception by approximately 30%. Considering this, foods that may taste perfectly delicious on the ground (like a McDonald’s burger or a Starbucks coffee) may not be perceived to be as delightful on the plane.