Why is tomato juice so popular on bord an airplane? / explained by CAPTAIN JOE

Tomato juice! Todays question is a classic passenger question :) Sent in by youtube Follower "Sandra S.“: "Joe, why is Tomato juice so popular on airplanes?" That is a great question and I had do some weird research to find an adequte answer. Unfortunately there is not just one answer when it comes to tomato juice on board an airplane. A survey has found out that many passengers order the aromatic red drink because they say it calms their stomace during the flight, cause many passengers get nauseous as soon as the enter the plane. Another source said that it´s just a "thing" like popcorn at the cinema. The cinema is mostly probably the only place where popcorn seems to be the "thing" to eat during a movie and you don´t need cutlery for it. So comes the airplane with tomato juice. Another said that a lot of passengers drink the red vegatable drink cause many airlines don´t serve meals anymore, so they drink the juice instead cause it tastes like cold tomato soup and satisfys like an entire meal. But the statement that really caught my attention, is the reduction in salt tastyness up in the air. Scientist have found out that with increasing cabin altitude your taste sense, especially the on responsible for salt, decrease dramatically. They´ve tested on volenteers who drank tomate juice on ground, and then put them into a pressure chamber to simulate flight conditions, and again let them drink tomato juice, and nearly every test person was claiming that the juice tasted poor in flavour, but adding a teaspoon of salt, made the juice taste as if they were on ground. Similar with all the hot meals on board a plane, cooks use up to 30% more salt when preparing the meal due to the loss in salt taste with increasing cabin altitude. This is my personal explantion and answer to this question, but it still remains a myth if you ask me. Why was it tomato juice in the first place, not carotte juice or any other vegatable drink. One thing for sure, it´s definitely healthier to than a glass of coke. So I hope I´ve answered another aviation-related quesiton for you, this was definitely a fun one to answer, so if you want to see more videos like this, subscribe my channel, give me thumbs up and spread the word. Thanks for watching Your captain Joe


Simon Thompson: Never ever seen anyone order tomato juice in the air, ever. Flown over a million miles thanks to my work and this is new to me!

Peter Hunt: tomatoes are fruit not veg

Peter Rafeiner: I avoid any carbonated drinks when flying both in my Cessna or on the airlines.
Allow me a silly question... why is Captain Joe wearing only 3 stripes (First Officer) and not 4?

Marek Sumguy: I don't like this guys attitude. He's always angry.

Louis Pepin: Please, Captain Joe, a microphone attached to your shirt would improve the sound quality tremendously. You sound like you're in a toilet. I enjoy your videos very much though.

FDK: Because tomatoes are rich in umami. As you say, our sense of taste diminishes in the air except for our ability to taste umami. Therefore foods rich in umami tastes better than other foods in the air.

Elite BViper: *fruit

CrimFerret: I usually opt for bloody mary mix if I can get it (no vodka added). I happen to like it on the ground as well. In the air, carbonated beverages can make me feel bloated even more than on the ground, but you can't exactly let loose with a loud belch.

elvis singh: joe can you please tell me how can i rid off my airplane traveling im so scared of flying due to this fear i didn't visit my real sister since last 7yr she is in usa from the last past 7 years..

Anh Triệu: I've never noticed this. I always have orange juice.

Karl P: There is something to this. The ONLY time I drink Bloody Mary's is on a plane (but not when I'm flying it), it's just not a thing I drink on the ground. Several of my friends are the same. I don't know why but it's an amazing drink at Fl 35.

David Chambers: What an adorable pilot.

Colaholiker: Pretty simple reason for me: I like tomato juice, also while on the ground. BUT if I were to buy a liter of it (the usual size you can buy), it would take longer for me to drink it that it remains in drinkable condition. (Can't drink too much of it at once.)
So on an airplane is one of the few chances for me to getjust a single cup, or a second one on longer flights. ;-)

Rafael Arriaga Spezzia: Usually I never drink tomato juice, only in airplanes, my personal reason is this satisfies hunger better than any other drink

Oliver aoun: Joe Can you answer please
why does an engine fail or explode some times

Evolution 528: Hi Captain Joe, why do flight crew always open the window shades during departure and landing?

Barry Sabahat: Because you can't have a Bloody Mary with orange juice.

Minh Truong: Hi Captain Joe.
Please, can you explain why the sound quality between air traffic controller and pilots is often in very low quality. I watched some examples on Youtube and have a hard time to dissect the correct word spoken between air traffic officer and a pilot. It like listening to old CP radio, usually very muffle or hollow sound. With today digital technology my old crappy phone can make a good two-way long distance call and I still can pick up some background ambient sound, meaning the voice is clear enough to me to distinguish who am I speaking to.
I do worry if the communication is made by an air traffic controller and he or she has a strong accent on English with sound quality that bad then the instruction is hard to understand.
Thank you for your interesting channel.

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