What happens to airplane food that you have not eaten?

Never thought about this issue?
But on board the aircraft there is always food after the flight. Someone refused, someone just slept and did not have time to eat, and nobody canceled the "spare sets" (1 for every 100 servings).
So what happens to the food that is not chosen? Maybe it is given to the airport staff or distributed to charities? Or maybe she fed her dogs and cats that live on the airport?
Who gets kasaletki with meatballs, which remained unclaimed?

What do flight attendants tell
Ivan, flight attendant of a Russian airline:
- All aircraft food, remaining unclaimed after the flight, fits into carts, sealed, noted in the documents and shall be delivered to the in-flight catering service. Further, all food products are recycled, as they have a fixed and short shelf life.The fact is that food in aviation is a very serious aspect. These are already paid products, and it is impossible to risk the health and well-being of passengers.
So, according to the rules, food is simply thrown away.
Onboard meals Georgian Airways
But maybe at least the flight attendants can take out tomatoes from the remaining servings and recharge themselves with vitamins? Sometimes it happens...
Emirates flight attendant tells us that all his colleagues have separate meals. But some are not averse to picking up vegetables for salad from portions to be disposed of.

Diana, an employee of a major international airline:
- For flight attendants on board there is a separate food - this is a tray with snacks and hot. But since this tray is always the same, the range of food does not change over the years, so those who work longer than three months, can no longer be fed with crew meals. We usually eat business trays - business class passengers often refuse to eat in favor of sleep, and this food goes to us.
But it often happens that we take food from home. I am very picky and I don’t eat anything except kefir and apples, so this set of night flights is always with me. My friend Zhenya is even more confused on diets; she took with her to Cuba seven packs of low-fat cottage cheese, since the tropics are not rich in dairy products.
Food always remains, about 10% of servings, and sometimes more, remain unclaimed. And the passenger can always ask for an additive. We are not obliged to do this, but we can still be treated with an additional hot or sandwich, the stewardess shares her life hacking.

Official response
“Upon arrival of the aircraft at the destination airport, all of the canteen-kitchen equipment, including unclaimed food, drinks, etc., should be unloaded from the aircraft and transported to the catering, where it undergoes mandatory sanitary processing,” said the representative of Aeromar, which supplies most of the onboard food flights from Moscow. - Unclaimed flight catering from the flight is disposed of.

So, dear hungry travelers, if you are very hungry during the flight and you didn’t have enough of one seat, you can safely ask the flight attendants for one more. If there are unclaimed portions on board, and this, as it turns out, almost always happens, then you will be fed.
The most important thing is politeness, it is the key to good service and additional services.

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