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I was watching a documentary about a Lufthansa A380, and they said that the pilot and co-pilot are required to eat different meals; why is that?

Is it a country-specific requirement, or airline-specific?

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    $\begingroup$ Airplane! $\endgroup$ – yankeekilo Jan 3 '14 at 9:52
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    $\begingroup$ I read in a book by J.P Otelli that if they eat the same meal, they must wait at least half an hour between both meal. It is made to avoid both pilot to be poisoned by the same meal. I suppose if it is poisonned, 30 minutes is enough to see first signs of intoxication. But I don't know if it is specific to company, or regulation $\endgroup$ – Manu H Sep 27 '14 at 7:25
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It is a company specific rule found in the Flight Operations Manual so is airline specific. There is usually a statement that goes along with it which also says to avoid foods with a higher than typical rate of food poisoning, such as raw fish before and during the Flight. In the US, the FOM is submitted to, and accepted by the FAA so the procedures become required.

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    $\begingroup$ "Whatddya mean I can't have fugu?!" $\endgroup$ – voretaq7 Jan 3 '14 at 15:26
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Although I have no reliable sources to this, I believe that pilots have to eat different meals to avoid food poisoning and therefore becoming sick mid-flight.

As for drinks, it should not matter as long as they drink from separate bottle / can.

EDIT: According to this article, it is not in FAA's policy for the pilots to eat different meals. However the airlines can still choose to make some kind of rule.

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