Flight Attendants Share The Clever Secret To Minimize Bloating On Planes

Going on vacation gives you lifetime memories and a well-deserved break from everyday monotony. But getting to your destination, especially if you're flying, can be a different story. Passengers on planes are exposed to various possible unpleasantries, including physical discomfort caused by bloating. This is a common phenomenon on flights, and there's a reason why it happens.

Lower air pressure causes the gasses in your gut to expand, thus making you feel bloated. Likewise, there's less oxygen on a plane, which, unfortunately, interferes with your digestive system, causing constipation and nausea. And if you're wondering, flight attendants do notice if you're feeling uncomfortable or ill. That said, flight attendants are experts in preventing bloating on a flight.

In 2020, KLM flight attendant Robine Blickman posted a TikTok divulging her anti-bloat hacks. This included consuming artichoke via tea and supplements, which can be purchased online. Although this might sound bizarre, artichoke features a compound called cynarin, which decreases bloating and other tummy troubles. Blickman noted that she takes them before or during a flight. However,  before you try either of these products, make sure to consult with your doctor first.

Speaking with Byrdie, one unnamed flight attendant told the publication that keeping hydrated is vital to prevent bloating, noting that she drinks two liters (or eight cups) of water during a flight. Nevertheless, the consensus among flight attendants is that the first step to reducing bloating is centered on food choices.

What flight attendants avoid eating during a flight

Eating properly is essential to reduce bloating before and after your flight and the symptoms associated with this condition. It goes without saying that if you know a particular food makes you bloated or if it has a reputation for causing bloating (like beans or cruciferous vegetables), refrain from eating it before your flight. In addition, consider taking probiotics to strengthen gut health before a trip or flight.

In a 2022 article for HuffPost, four flight attendants said they chose not to eat the snacks provided on flights due to their saltiness (salt causes bloating). For the same reason, flight attendants told Byrdie they did not eat airline meals. Instead, the flight attendants who spoke to the HuffPost said they packed their snacks and meals filled with fruits, veggies, and protein. (think grapes, cucumbers, celery, and unsalted nuts).

The more fiber, the better, as this prevents digestive issues. Drinking soda, fruit juice, alcohol, and caffeine is another no-no. Stick to water for optimal hydration, but if you prefer, drink herbal teas like peppermint and chamomile, which are known to help with bloating.

Moreover, if you feel bloated on a flight, try getting up from your seat and walking around for some quick relief. The bottom line is passengers should avoid fried or fatty meals and fizzy or non-hydrating drinks to beat the bloat.