Food poisoning from a previous flight once made this choice for me (and nearly everyone connecting from that flight). We were served some ill-prepared eggs by Lufthansa on the morning 6-hr flight, and then during the 11-hr transatlantic leg, all but a few people from that first flight came down with salmonella food poisoning. I was one of the last to get it, about three or so hours into the 11-hr flight, so I still had some of it on the ground; those who got it early were mostly done by the time we landed. That was by far the most memorable flight I’ve ever had, and perhaps the happiest I’ve ever been to be on the ground… I did find, however, that the A380 we were on had midship bathrooms that were strangely conveniently arranged for food poisoning: when you have both diarrhea and vomiting at the same time, that particular plane’s bathroom allowed taking care of both in appropriate receptacles without stretching or contorting too much. I did spend enough time in that bathroom that the steward made me open the door to prove that I wasn’t dead or (in hindsight, I now assume) overdosing on drugs or something. Next time we went over there, we flew KLM - and got ice cream in addition to a much better experience all around.
@jsfs I never expect much from airplane food, so probably a good choice. However Lufthansa has the best looking crew members of any airline I have ever flown! No matter whether you dig the gals or guys. Thus I still like it for Transatlantic flights.
So my tip is check out the crew, not the food…
I learned that if you travel to a foreign place and eat the local food, the common experience is that you also eat the local bacteria, which then clobber your existing bacteria, and then maybe just this once it would have been better to not pick a window seat.
On an overnight flight a couple years ago, I woke up in full panic mode. I couldn’t stretch my legs out and was feeling claustrophobic. So I headed for the restroom, where I proceeded to curl up on the floor. If anything it was even more cramped than the seat, but being more or less horizontal for a few minutes really helped. Fortunately I didn’t catch anything revolting from doing that. I made sure to medicate myself thoroughly on the return flight, and the next time we go overseas, we plan to pay the extra fee for the roomier midplane seats.