Captive customers who fly on vacation often receive grim and unattractive meals, even if they pay a premium.
A photo gallery of meal atrocities collected by members of Which? suggests that airlines are struggling to offer food that looks attractive and is also tasty.
The consumer group said that some dishes look like stomach churns and added: "We are talking about everything here, from chicken" slop "to cake that could act as a" building block ".
& # 39; And it would be wrong to assume that an upgrade to a superior cabin will save you from a culinary nightmare if the experiences of our members have something to offer. & # 39;
Passengers flying around the world shared their horrific photos of aircraft food, including those of Ryanair passenger Billy Shearer, who spent € 10 on this Irish breakfast
The airlines claim to go to great lengths, sometimes hiring famous chefs, to produce what they claim to be good quality meals in difficult circumstances.
There are indications that the conditions on board an aircraft, such as the air pressure and temperature, change the way food and drink taste.
Strangely enough, there is science to show that even engine noise can change the way people experience food.
The proof of which? research suggests that these dishes could not be preserved, even if they were served under a silver salver in one of the world's best hotels, overlooking an azure sea.
Meanwhile, another customer revealed his unpleasant meal by Spice Jet, complete with soggy omelette
Ryanair passenger, Billy Shearer, made the mistake of ordering the Irish breakfast for a morning flight based on the description of the company as "the perfect option to fill your day and start".
It is mentioned as 10 euros in the company magazine, while the image shows two nice slices of bacon, two sausages, hash browns, white pudding, a tomato and a few slices of what looks like rustic brown bread.
The unfortunate dinner, however, begged to differ when he tore off the plastic to find a "monstrousness" of soggy potato waffle, withered mushrooms and solidified white pudding.
Ryanair was the worst performing airline in the airline food survey, with the result that it was the only airline to receive a terrible one-star rating.
Traveler David Ball shared his & # 39; business class & # 39; luxury chicken Biriyani and said the meal was so & # 39; terrible & # 39; was like it looked
In fact, the carriers seem to have a specific problem with breakfast. A full English served by BA included a portion of scrambled eggs that was virtually unrecognizable due to its weird color and consistency, in addition to sweaty mushrooms.
Nick Avery, who flew with the Indian airline company SpiceJet, said: "I now know why most passengers have opted for a curry breakfast.
"Apparently it was an omelet, sausage and hash brown. It tasted as good as it looked. & # 39;
David Ball flew business class with British Airways from London Gatwick to Mauritius and assumed that the higher rate would offer him a luxury experience. However, that hope soon died when he was offered a light chicken Biriyani.
On the way back David was treated to a & # 39; so-called & # 39; omelet for his breakfast, which the meal & # 39; disgusting & # 39; called
"The steward was enthusiastic about everyone in my section about the treat we would enjoy," he said.
"What you see in the photo is a piece of dry chicken, a piece of dead, burnt cauliflower, a spoon of slurry and cooked rice. Terrible.'
His return trip to World Traveler Plus, a premium economy, was no better when he received a "so-called omelet" for breakfast.
"It tasted exactly as it appears in the photo – disgusting," he said.
A Norwegian passenger shared her chicken and mash & # 39; slop & # 39; swim in fat in his plastic container
Another BA premium economy flyer was just as disappointed with its improved meal. He described his beef with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes as & # 39; overcooked and burnt at the edges & # 39 ;.
A passenger with Noor was shocked to see her chicken and mash swim in fat in a meal she described as & # 39; slop & # 39 ;.
A turkey ham and Swiss cheese "baguette" was equally surprising and wrongly described with a scanty filling and only a vague attempt to butter the bread.
Etihad customer Richard Cooney was not impressed by the range of & # 39; poor quality and tasteless & # 39; during his flight from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi in March.
Another passenger who flew with Norweigan revealed their less than attractive turkey ham and Swiss cheese sandwich
He described sweet corn, pea and rice starter as "cold without herbs" while the cake was so "dry and chewy" that it looked like a brick.
David Cann had an unforgettable dining experience aboard the unknown Uzbekistan Airways for all the wrong reasons.
He said: "It was billed as a chicken with eggplant and pasta, which sounded promising. It tasted like an assortment of cardboard packaging. & # 39;
Those with special dietary requirements may find that their options during the flight are even more limited and indigestible.
Richard Cooney was shocked at the meal he had when he flew with Ethiad airlines in March and said that the cake dessert & # 39; looked like a brick & # 39;
Meanwhile, another British Airways passenger, Yannis Psomadakis, who has complex dietary requirements, was served a rebellious low lactose option of cod with spinach and legumes
One BA passenger and celiac disease only asked for a gluten-free option to end with a vegetarian / vegan meal that & # 39; one size fits all & # 39; used to be.
She said: "How did it taste? Disgusting. Not edible. Mushy without taste. I brought a bag of chips that I had to eat because I was very hungry. & # 39;
BA flyer Yannis Psomadakis, which has a complex set of nutritional needs, finds it particularly difficult to "be trapped on long-haul flights." He had a terrible experience with a low lactose option of cod with spinach and legumes.
Airlines UK, which speaks with airlines, said it could not comment on the Which? Investigation.
. [TagsToTranslate] Dailymail