What is it: Scrambled eggs and cheese wrapped in a soft flour shell.
Cost: About $5.
How long does it last? 2-7 days or more.
Who serves it: Most major airlines offer a breakfast dish with egg or egg substitute on flights of more than three hours. On discount carriers, or planes without working galleys, you’ll have to manage with fruit and breakfast bars—or nothing.
The risks: If expired or improperly prepared, the biggest food safety concern is salmonella bacteria. Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and nausea.
Should you order it? “Depends on what’s in it,” says Abigail Peairs, an assistant professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Cincinnati. “For example, sausage, egg, cheese isn’t a healthy combination. But something with egg whites, vegetables, and light cheese could be.” Although burritos can last days if refrigerated, they’re best consumed quickly, or they become soggy. If you’re watching your fat intake, this probably isn’t the best way to start your day: Most breakfast burritos are high in fat because of the cheese and tortillas, which are usually made from refined white flour. Look for a whole-grain shell, if available.
On your menu: Probably not. Definitely send it back if it’s soggy. Better yet, bring your own fruit and yogurt and save yourself a few bucks—and calories.