Vegan airline meal fail – guest post
Continuing with what is becoming a bit of a tradition around these parts, my Twitter pal Tumblebee stopped globetrotting long enough to visit and share a vegan airline food story with us.
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I’m lucky that my job means I get to travel a lot, so will often find myself preparing for a transatlantic trip several times a year. As a vegan I know that the secret to successful air travel is to plan in advance by calling your airline at least 48 hours before you travel to check that they have your special meal request recorded, and always packing a snack box just in case because what the airline considers to be vegan, and what we consider to be vegan, can differ wildly.
A case in point would be my journey yesterday from North Carolina to Heathrow with American Airlines. It all started so well. My meal when they flight began was great: I was provided with a chickpea curry with rice and broccoli, and small side salad, and a couple of slices of melon for dessert. So far, so good, and the snack box could remain in the overhead storage.
However, after a few hours sleep it all went wrong. For ‘breakfast’ I was served a cookie, a yoghurt and a cup of melon. Checking the ingredients on the cookie it contained eggs and milk, and the yoghurt was a dairy based yoghurt rather than a soy or coconut based delight. What a disappointment. Luckily I was landing shortly and could head into Heathrow Terminal 5 to Giraffe for a bowl of their porridge (made with non-dairy milk) before catching my connecting flight back up to Newcastle, but it’s so frustrating when airlines serve up a ‘special meal’ which doesn’t meet a vegan’s dietary requirements.