Being vegetarian has definitely become more popular in recent years. In fact, it’s never been easier to find a restaurant with at least two or three vegetarian options on the menu.
But in some places, vegetarians are still missing out when it comes to viable options for a meal.
When it comes to in-flight meal options – airlines often fall short – and the passengers who suffer the most from uninspired airplane food are those with dietary requirements.
Passenger Steve Hogarty experienced this first hand when he ordered the vegetarian option on a recent flight with Colombian airline Avianca.
Steve, a London-based journalist, was served an apple and a pear wrapped in cling wrap, served with a set of plastic cutlery. Classy.
The vegetarian meal on this flight is an apple and a pear wrapped in clingfilm, served with a knife and fork. pic.twitter.com/CT7hypCylb
— Steve Hogarty (@misterbrilliant) November 17, 2017Advertisement
Look, airplane meals are not so substantial or exciting in the first place. But seriously, at least give the guy a salad or something. Maybe some steamed vegetables or even a bread roll.
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Twitter users were just as baffled as Steve was, with some sharing their own experiences of ordering vegetarian options on flights.
I asked for a veggie meal on a flight once and this is what I got. At least yours was wrapped pic.twitter.com/1yU8GCceO4
— Dave O’Carroll (@DaveOCarroll) November 18, 2017
One Twitter user revealed that on a recent British Airways flight, the cabin crew ran out of vegetarian options… so he was offered meat instead.
On a recent @British_Airways flight I asked for a vegetarian meal and they told me they had none left, but kindly offered me chicken or beef as an alternative. I eventually got given some cheese.
— Mike Gilyatt (@MikeGilyatt) November 18, 2017
Avianca’s reply to Steve suggests the vegetarian ‘meal’ (if you can even call an apple and a pear a meal) was a mistake. The airline asked Steve him to contact them privately about the issue.