Is it true that the pilot and the co-pilot are not allowed to eat the same meals?

Your question of the month in December (2013)
Marie, 10 years old

It is not a fixed regulation but is considered an “unwritten rule”. Although the pilots and co-pilots are not obliged to follow the rule they always try to eat different dishes before the flight.

The reasoning behind it is quite simple: if there is something wrong with one of the meals only one of them will have eaten it. If one of the pilots then became ill the other one can then take over the controls in an emergency. Pretty logical, isn’t it?