The study’s criterion uses health and calorie information of individual foods, in addition to an airline’s willingness to provide useful information about the food it serves. "We are looking at the nutrients in these foods when they are provided, as well as innovations moving towards healthy, tasty, inexpensive, sustainable foods," Platkin writes.
Coming as a shock to no one, budget airlines Spirit and Frontier serve the most paltry meals, both factoring in with a score of 1 and tying for ninth place. Virgin America, with its illuminated cabins and perpetually smiling CEO, Richard Branson, ranked first on the list with a score of 4.25.
If you’re feeling a little bit more pedantic about the food you eat on a plane, check out Platkin’s full synopsis here. Then feel free to bring a sandwich on the next plane you take.