Consider this a public service announcement made well in advance of the holiday season: if you're flying, prepare to pack a lunch.
Obviously, this will be an issue if you're on an all-liquid diet -- unless you're careful to pack your meal in several tiny 1-oz. bottles -- but for the rest of us, it makes financial sense. We all know that airport concessions are pricey. And most airlines are charging for food. Read "Hungry at 3000 Feet? Pay Up" (NYT, Aug 17, 08) and weep at the prospect of paying $10 for a sandwich and chips the next time you fly American to Hawai'i.
I am a little surprised that many personal finance blogs have not tackled the issue of eating well and cheaply while flying. In searching for airplane food alternatives, I found an article from Salon that seems positively quaint with its pre-9/11 assumptions ("Mile-High Meal," Sep 2, 97) and not at all budget-conscious. My own personal recommendations for eating whilst in the air are after the jump.