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Eating Vegan at 30,000 Feet

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The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, especially when you add traveling to the mix. The last thing that you want to be thinking about is where your next meal is going to come from. While flying, you may not be able to control who’s snoring in the next seat, but you can guarantee that there will be a vegan meal in front of you. Here are some tips for enjoying a cruelty- and stress-free flight!

If you’re jetting across international waters, all the major airlines offer vegan meals upon request. If you didn’t submit this request when you purchased your ticket, be sure to call the airlines at least 72 hours before your flight, and then confirm your meal again while checking in at the airport.

Since no airline offers complimentary meals for domestic travel, you can either purchase a snack on board or bring your own. Nearly all major airlines sell mixed nuts and chips for $3 to $5.

For a longer flight when a quick snack won’t suffice, your best bet is to bring food from home or purchase some at the airport. You can bring food from home?! Yup, you read that right. The security agent might give you a pat down, but he or she will also give you a free pass on homemade food. Since knives, forks, and soups will be thrown away at the security checkpoint, whip up a delicious vegan sandwich. A hero sandwich, an avocado Reuben, and a crunchy vegetable wrap are all excellent options because they are quick to make and easy to eat and won’t send wafts of curry or garlic down the cabin.

Nearly every regional airport has vegan options—just check its restaurant directory. Order veggie sushi at a Japanese restaurant or a vegan pasta primavera at an Italian spot. With a little planning, you can fly during the holidays with a full stomach and a clean conscience.

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    Rob says...

    December 22nd, 2011, 11:32 am

    Some other tips: clementines make good travel snacks. Don’t try to take even super-thick oatmeal through security; foods resembling anything like glue aren’t allowed through. If you can fully freeze moist foods, I have heard that in frozen state they are allowed to pass through (I have not tried this myself). I usually fly Delta, and I have found that even though I reserve vegan in advance, they have often “run out.” So just in case, pack your own. Also, bring a reusable container with a good-sealing lid that can double as a comfortable bowl. That will save the waste of carryout containers and save your clothes and baggage from leaks typical to those throwaway containers.

    Dazzle59 says...

    December 24th, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I pack sweet and savory snacks to enjoy while waiting for my flight and during it. My favorites are Stonewall’s Vegan Jerquee, a Clif bar (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is a favorite), a Lara bar (any flavor), carrot and celery sticks with a small tub of hummus, a crisp organic apple, and Newman’s Own organic spelt pretzels. Airport food is gross and as a vegan I don’t trust the ingredients, even if they claim to be meat-free. Packing your own munchies is the way to go.

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