Picknicking at 35,000 feet

What's the deal with airplane food? Well if Heathrow Airport have anything to do with it, your opinions on in-flight meals could be about to change. In the past two weeks, all of Heathrow's 118 restaurants across five terminals are offering passengers a 'bespoke hamper' option, which they can then take with them onto the plane.

The hampers vary in price from anywhere between '5 and '50 and passengers have a huge range of choice with retailers from Pret a Manger to the Caviar House all offering the take-away service. The picnic hampers are designed to keep food fresh and at the desired temperature whilst fitting neatly under plane seats or in the overhead lockers.

In-flight food has always been a sticking point for budget airline travellers, who may end up paying close to '7 for a rather uninspiring sandwich and a drink during their flight. A recent study found that many airlines were charging up to 2,600 percent more than the supermarket retail price for such meals, leaving many frugal flyers out of pocket. This new picnic hamper initiative means that passengers can travel in style and enjoy a quality picnic at 35,000 feet!

The hampers are available now at all of Heathrow's five terminals. Our only concern is whether picnickers will be able to wait until they are up in the air before they tuck in to their hampers!