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Survey: Travelers Prefer Airport Over In-Flight Food

According to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider, just two percent of travelers say they purchase food on the plane. The company, which provides airport shuttles to and from O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, polled travelers nationwide and more than 400 responded.

When asked their dining preferences when traveling, 55 percent said they eat after going through security while 26 percent reported they don't spend any money on food while going from point A to B. Instead, they eat before they leave or after they arrive at their destination. Eight percent responded that they bring their own food, four percent said they eat before they go through security and another four percent said they purchase food to eat while on the plane. Several others commented that time and circumstances dictate where and when they eat while traveling.

"Travelers are spending their spare time by taking advantage of the dining establishments offered post-security," says GO President John McCarthy. "Airports might benefit by increasing the number and types of restaurants to accommodate the many tastes and budgets of its flying customers."

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