It’s possible to eat gluten-free at airports, but gluten reigns supreme for the typical hungry traveler and it’s wise to expect less than abundant options. Whether large or small, airports are designed to cater to the fast-paced traveler quickly and efficiently with menu items that typically don’t meet special dietary needs.
With busy travelers standing in line behind you, asking if something is gluten-free and avoiding cross-contact will often throw a curve ball at the staff behind the register. The pressure from the people waiting behind you, generally in a hurry to get somewhere, can force you into making decisions that may not be in your self interest, particularly if you’re hungry and running short on time too.
Pressed for time? When dining at an airport restaurant, keep in mind that your special dietary requests or meal modifications can take a long time to accommodate and leave you with not enough time to eat comfortably and make it to your flight. Dine with realistic expectations and expect most of your menu options to revolve around salads.
Bottom Line: Don’t rely on airport food to give you the meal you crave for. Be proactive in eating well before you arrive at the airport. Eat a good meal consisting of a nutritious combination of high quality protein and carbohydrates to keep you feeling satisfied as long as possible. And bring nutritious gluten-free snacks with you!
Tip: If you must eat at an airport, plan to eat light. Unfortunately, because of limited options, salads are your best options at airports. Ask them to hold the croutons and bring your own salad dressing if you can. Salad dressing in mini sealed packets are standard at airports, and the list of ingredients may easily contain gluten.