Air Canada has had a long, hot, miserable summer of flight cancellations, delays, and lost luggage – that puts the dreadful performance of U.S. airlines to shame. And even when their flights do take off, it’s no bed of roses, as one woman found out after being offered nothing to eat on a 10 hour flight except a bottle of water and a napkin.
The passenger pre-ordered a vegan meal for her Frankfurt – Toronto flight. What happened next was so absurd it’s gone viral on TikTok.
For her first “hot meal,” Miriam Porter received one bottle of water. For her second meal: an empty napkin
She said she ordered the special meals from Air Canada at least a month prior to traveling and had them confirmed three times.
However, when the first meal came, she said she was bought a bottle of water. For the second meal, she said she was just offered an empty napkin.
@thekindtraveler shout out to the kind flight attendant that got me fruit & dinner rolls from business class ❣️ #aircanada #vegan #plantbased #veganfortheanimals #airplanefood #aircanadafail #toronto #frankfurt #hungry #airplanemode #keepsmiling ♬ original sound – SweeetTails
For what it’s worth everything Air Canada served was, in fact, vegan. That’s not something we can say for every time a passenger requests a vegan meal.
— andyanna (@andyanna) August 21, 2022
In fact what happened on Air Canada was clearly a miscater. They didn’t board the vegan meals that were pre-ordered and re-confirmed. While you should be able to rely on an airline to feed you in long haul economy or in domestic premium cabins (at least), that’s not necessarily a good idea. Always travel with snacks.
I never had this problem myself, but One Mile at a Time used to report running out of food in Etihad first class. United ran out of snacks in business class with five or six hours left during my Sydney – San Francisco flight this summer.
(HT: Paul H)