Here’s Why You Always Crave Ginger Ale on Airplanes

It’s strange that you always ask for ginger ale when on an airplane, but never when you’re on the ground. Don't worry, there's a reason behind your craving.

Once you are comfortably traveling to your destination at cruising altitude, you can’t help but feel giddy when you hear the drink cart rumbling down the aisle. What will you choose this time? A ginger ale? Tomato juice? Tea with lemon? More often than not, you will probably find yourself asking for the bubbly, champagne-colored drink, ginger ale. Even if you never crave it while on the ground, it might be your go-to drink while in the sky, and there’s a good reason behind it.

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Everyone Loves Ginger Ale on Airplanes

If you find that you are one of the people asking the flight attendant for a Canada Dry every time you fly, you’re not alone. A Reddit user posted the question, “Do you order ginger ale on planes, but not on the ground? If so, why?” and then, below it, stated, “I always see people drinking ginger ale on planes, but almost never off them. I drink the same thing on planes as I do on solid ground, and it’s not ginger ale, but I keep feeling like there’s something everyone else is in on and I’m not.”

The post got almost 200 replies and had many people questioning why they too crave ginger ale on planes. So what gives? When you’re in the air, always follow these etiquette tips.

It’s Not About the Ginger

Ginger has a soothing effect on stomachs, so many people ask for the drink to calm their stomachs from the stress of traveling or the turbulence of the plane. But, when you look into it, ginger ale doesn’t contain that much real ginger; it’s actually the carbonation that is settling your stomach. Sherry Ross, MD, of Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, says it has to do more with the placebo effect.

“You’re buying into the power of suggestion,” Ross told Woman’s Day. “We’ve learned from our mothers and grandmothers, who brought us ginger ale and chicken noodle soup when we were sick as kids, that ginger ale works.”

So next time you’re feeling nauseous while traveling, it’s the carbonation in the ginger ale that is helping you feel better. In that case, feel free to order cola or lemon-lime soda instead. It will have you feeling just as good. If you’re not one of those ordering up a ginger ale, maybe you want to know why tomato juice tastes better on planes.

Source: Woman’s Day

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