Flight attendants, please prepare for takeoff! All passengers must fasten your seat belts! On a recent flight from San Francisco, just as the captain made this announcement, the woman sitting next to me began to fart; silent ones mostly but I know it was her. At first, I was a little repulsed but then I thought back to my own gas-fest many months ago. I had eaten a huge bowl of garlic pasta with broccoli before boarding. Thirty minutes into the flight, I could not contain myself. My insides felt as if they would burst. I floated to the restroom and let it rip!
This time, upon arriving home, I immediately googled “gas while flying on a plane” and searched my many nutrition books for tips on what to do when flatulence won’t leave your side. Then I proceeded to construct a meal list that one CAN eat before or during a long flight (the options are few):
1. Lean grilled chicken breast, mashed potatoes, and green beans
2. Grilled or baked salmon, sweet potatoes, and kale
3. Lettuce & tomato salad with light dressing and a side of rice
Also, ginger and fennel are especially effective in preventing gas. Bring along a couple of ginger or mint tea bags and ask for hot water during your flight. Plus remember to chew your food well!
Other things to do to avoid getting gas:
SCIENTIFIC STUFF: Less barometric pressure in aircraft cabins than on the ground means there is less oxygen available. This causes gas within your body cavities to expand, making both you and your flight companion pretty uncomfortable.
During my googling, I also found this blog titled, 11 Points. Here’s their list of reasons why many people get gas. Flying in an airplane is Number One.
Below is a LONG list of foods can cause gas—especially when flying 3 hours or more:
Seems like it’s best to do a water fast when flying–waiting to eat until after landing.
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Have a warm and pleasant week!