It's been with us for the best part of a century.
And from congealed lasagnes to a tiny plastic cup of water sealed with foil, it is either enjoyed or endured by millions.
Now a Huddersfield film-maker is documenting the A-Z of plane meals.
James Mellor’s project The Inflight Food Trip will be a culinary documentary with a difference.
The 90-minute film will explore the history of mile-high grub (first served in 1919!) and how technology has evolved the way it tastes.
Ripponden-based James, who owns film company Rainbow Trout Films, has been allowed backstage to see how different airlines prepare meals served on planes and what goes into them.
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Along with Nik Loukas from airline food review guide Inflight Feed, James recently flew out to Riga, Latvia, to see how Air Baltic prepare their meals while filming a trailer for the documentary.
James said: “When Nik came to me with the initial idea for The Inflight Food Trip, I saw this project had great potential.
“The sheer scope of covering such a wide variety of airlines across the globe, with all the heritage and traditions of the different countries around the world, really excites me.”
“I’ve been passionate about films and filmmaking all my life, and I’ve pushed my career in that direction.”
The pair discovered which airlines use professional chefs and have in-flight kitchens, while finding out where they source their ingredients.
Nik said: “Each airline we feature has a unique story behind how they produce their passengers’ meals.”