• Do airline pilots eat while flying or do they wait until they are back on the ground?
  • If they do eat, do they get the same food that is served to the passengers or do they bring their own meal?
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    Related – Pondlife Aug 6 '15 at 13:04
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    I'm surprised that people have voted to close this question as a dupe of the different meals question. They're asking different things. – Pondlife Aug 6 '15 at 16:21
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    @Pondlife I agree that they are different questions, the only similarity is the meal pilots eat. – Farhan Aug 6 '15 at 17:03
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1: Do pilots eat during flight or they wait until they are back on the ground?

As pilots happen to be humans, their metabolism works in a similar fashion as yours or mine work. So they eat when they are hungry. On a long flight, they can eat during the flight, but on short flights (e.g. 30 minutes - 2 hours), they might not get enough free time to have a meal.

On busy days, pilots may not get enough time to have proper meals, so they try to eat small meals containing more nutrition. This is detailed in an article on Airline Pilot Central. They also avoid heavy meals before a flight.

2: Do they get the same food that is served to the passengers or do they bring their own meal?

Most of the time, food served to the passengers is the same which is served to the pilots, although they don't eat the exact same food. An airline pilot revealed that:

... the pilot gets the first class meal and the copilot the business class meal.

  • Does the whole crew eat at the same time or do they stagger it? – Todd Wilcox Aug 6 '15 at 13:49
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    @ToddWilcox They all go to the dining area where they've a big large round table, the captain says the grace and they all thank the Lord for the food. It's normally a multicourse meal, which can last 1-2 hours. Oh wait, we are on a flying airplane. Forget all that, the primary focus always is flying the plane, reaching the destination and serving the passengers. – Farhan Aug 6 '15 at 14:38
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    I laughed. And still don't know what I was curious about. But I did laugh. :) – Todd Wilcox Aug 6 '15 at 14:39
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    @ToddWilcox: One pilot always has to be watching instruments in case something goes wrong and pay attention to ATC, so they should stagger it. – Jan Hudec Aug 6 '15 at 17:59
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    curious_cat - no, they aren't, and the question already exists ;) aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/13534/… – Jon Story Feb 8 '16 at 10:57

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