American Airlines lets you pre-order your meal if you’re flying first class, as long as you’re booked into the cabin 24 hours prior to departure. There are several items you can choose from.
If you don’t pre-order it’s a salad or a lunch entree, or you may get stuck with whichever of those is left. All of the salads come with grilled chicken breast on the side.
- American Chopped Salad
- TexMex Salad
- Mezze Trio Plate
- Chinese Chicken Salad
If you choose the salad, here’s a sample of the chicken as seen on American Airlines flight AA644, the 1 p.m. departure from Charlotte to Austin on Friday.
I guess this is the reason airline President Robert Isom says their caterers have “gotten a little bit lazy in terms of what they can provide us.” Unfortunately it doesn’t seem he’s done enough about it, although after listeria was found at their LAX caterer’s facility a little over a year ago I’d expect better quality control.
The next time you’re on a business trip, headed into a meeting you’re dreading and really want to skip, consider the chopped, TexMex, or Chinese chicken salad. It may just be your (valid) excuse to beg off (slogan: “salmonella: it’s what’s for lunch”).
I reached out to American Airlines for comment and they offered, “We appreciate you alerting us to this. The entree is certainty not up to our catering standards and we will look into it.”