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Report questions safety of airport food

Report questions safety of airport food



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A USA Today report published Wednesday is casting some doubts on the safety of airport food. It says 77 percent of the restaurants in an airport outside of Utah have had at least one critical health violation.

Some travel agents say airport food is always a concern. All Points Travel co-owner Marjorie Donahue says travelers should try to eat just the food prepared freshly in front of them and avoid the pre-made foods they see in airport refrigerators.

"They're stacked usually three or four high, and sometimes they don't have the temperature to maintain the quality of the food," Donahue says.

She even suggests bringing your own food, but try to make it easily accessible for security officials; pre-packaged food seems to be easiest to deal with

"If you have Doritos, or some sort of chips that the package has not been broken, they're never going to look in that," Donahue says.

You know that rule were you can't bring liquids or gels? That includes applesauce parents take for their children, and Donahue says she's seen oranges confiscated on domestic flights on rare occasions because they're too juicy.

E-mail: pnelson@ksl.com

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