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Flying the hungry skies

Food, or the lack of it on many flights, has become a big issue for fliers these days as airlines continue to eliminate complimentary
meals in economy class on most domestic routes.

To cope with a growling stomach -- and to avoid paying $10 for a so-so turkey sandwich or $3 for a stack of potato chips offered
on board -- some air travelers are bringing their own options, often to the annoyance of fellow passengers who resent being
exposed to a plethora of smells.

The worst offenders are usually anything garlicky or fishy, but even fast food can be off-putting to some.

"If I could impart one wish to other families who are flying, it would be to please not bring on board the McDonald's that you can
get past security at the airport," said Jennifer Miner, who flies about once a month and is the co-founder of the travel blog

"Because even more than a small can of tuna, the smell of McDonald's can fill up an entire plane in a minute, and it's not a great
smell to a lot of us."

Miner, who lives in Los Angeles, California, also recalled flying after Easter one year and watching a family spend the majority of
the flight peeling and eating colorful hard-boiled eggs, which filled the cabin with a powerful aroma of their own.
Tips for eating on the plane

It makes sense to bring snacks on board to stay comfortable, but other than a cup of coffee, other passengers shouldn't be
able to smell your food, especially not several rows away, said etiquette expert and author Anna Post, who is also a
spokeswoman for the Emily Post Institute.

"You don't want to be eating the hot meatball sub. You don't want to be having tuna salad or an egg sandwich or really heavy
saucy foods. Or sometimes even sushi can bother people," Post said. "In close confines, everybody else has to experience it,

So what should air travelers do? Here are some tips:

• Fruit, crackers, pretzels and cold sandwiches are good choices to bring along on board. "Most anything that's sold in the
airport snack stores is probably going to be fine," Post said.

• Avoid bringing hot meals on the plane. "Hot foods are the things where the smells tend to carry the most. If you really want a
hot sandwich, have one in the airport terminal before you leave," Post said.

• Different smells can be offensive to different people, but generally fish, hard-boiled eggs and any foods containing garlic,
onions, parmesan cheese or vinegar are a no-no in enclosed spaces like the cabin of a plane. The smell of freshly fried foods
like chicken or fries can also be too intense.

• Remember that your fellow passengers could have special reasons for being grossed out. "You may not mind the aroma of
someone else's garlic-sausage sub with double jalapeño relish, [but] a strict vegetarian or a pregnant woman might," Helena
Echlin wrote in her Table Manners column for

• If a passenger next to you is devouring something pungent and it's bothersome, you may just need to tough it out, Post said.
There is little you can say or do to get people to put away their food. "Unless you can afford a private plane, these are things
you may have to put up with," Post said.
Food fight: Meals are tricky in the sky
By A. Pawlowski, CNN
Spirit Airlines Baggage Policy
Spirit Airlines customers may bring one (1) carry-on bag plus a personal item (such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop computer)
on board at no charge. A carry-on bag must fit under your seat or in the overhead bin. Carry-on bag dimensions for overhead
bin space may not exceed 24 inches by 16 inches by 12 inches (61cm x 40.6cm x 30.5cm).

Spirit may require that a carry-on item travel as checked baggage if the item cannot be safely stowed on a particular flight.
Excess items will be charged according to checked baggage fees.

Car Seats: Car seats may be carried on board the aircraft at no charge if a seat has been purchased for the child.

Additional Information:

For the most updated information on what you may bring on board your flight, please visit the TSA website at

Effective for reservations purchased on or after April 6, 2010 for travel August 1, 2010 and beyond

Fees apply for carry-on baggage that will not fit in the under seat space. All baggage fees are non-refundable and may be
paid in advance or at the airport.
Excluded items are not counted towards a customer's carry-on item baggage allowance and are free of charge.
Airline to charge between $1.30 and $1.55 for the privilege of using the toilet.


LOS ANGELES - One day after U.S. low-cost carrier Spirit announced it will start charging for overhead bin space, comes word
that European discount giant Ryanair is pushing ahead with plans to charge passengers to use the bathroom.

The Daily Mail of London writes "no-frills [Ryanair] is working with Boeing to redesign the cabin and develop coin-operated
toilets on 168 of its planes.

Not content with charging passengers for use of the facilities, the airline is also looking at reducing the number of toilets on
board, leaving just one available cubicle for up to 189 passengers."

How much will it cost you?

That works about to between $1.30 and $1.55 for the privilege of using the toilet, according to ATW Online.

A Ryanair official tells the Mail the carrier hopes the toilet fee will change customers' habits.

"By charging for the toilets we are hoping to change passenger behavior so that they use the bathroom before or after the
flight," Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara tells the paper.

"That will enable us to remove two out of three of the toilets and make way for at least six extra seats."

Meanwhile, Ryanair is making news with other fees, as well.

The carrier announced this week it would hike its checked-bag fees by about 33% for the peak summer travel period.

Business Traveller magazine writes Ryanair says it's making the move to "incentivise all of its passengers to travel light during
the peak summer months."

The BBC adds :

Ryanair said it would urge its passengers to avoid check-in baggage fees by travelling with carry-on bags only."

Airline Announces "Pay-to-Pee" Toilet Fee
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