When it comes to flying, everyone has their own tipple of choice – be it a celebratory prosecco to mark the beginning of a trip, or a soothing cup of tea to calm nerves.
But new research has found the best and worst drinks to order on a plane – and there are some surprising results.
Research carried out by Travel Leisure found that ginger ale is the best drink to order when in the air, because you’re more likely to actually taste it.
This is because our taste buds change when we are on a plane, due to dry air and cabin pressure. It’s also the reason airplane food often contains copious amounts of salt (so you can taste something).
Ginger ale is likely to taste less sweet in the air and will come across as sharper instead.
While other drinks lose their flavour whilst they are airborne, ginger ale retains it.
It also has medicinal properties which could help to ease nausea and indigestion during a flight. So it’s a win-win.
The research also found that fizzy drinks such as Diet Coke are not practical for planes.
This is because they tend to foam up under the increased cabin pressure, so can take a while to settle when pouring.
Fizzy drinks of any kind are therefore the worst beverages to order from a flight attendant, because they can slow down the drinks service.
Airline staff often waste time waiting for the excess bubbles to settle while they are serving passengers – this can cause delays.
It’s also worth pointing out that alcoholic drinks have been found to have an adverse effect on your health during a flight.
For those not clued-up, this is because boozy beverages can dehydrate an individual even more than usual, due to cabin pressure.
So if you’re planning to order alcohol on a flight, be sure to take it slow and stay hydrated with plenty of water.
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