Vegetarian Air Pax Get No Respect

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Veggie Food: The plastic knife and fork is a classy touch.

Vegetarian Oriental: Aegean Airlines called this meal the 'Vegetarian Oriental.' Yum.

It seems that vegetarian air travellers are getting the short end of the, um, carrot, when it comes to inflight meals.

Passenger Steve Hogarty was left bemused when he ordered the vegetarian meal option on a recent flight with Colombian airline Avianca. When his food arrived, the London, England-based journalist took a picture and sent this tweet:

“The vegetarian meal on this flight is an apple and a pear wrapped in clingfilm, served with a knife and fork."

Social media users were as baffled as he was, with one asking: “Which bit’s dessert?”

Another said: “There are half a billion vegetarians in the world. It seems a bit backward to consider them all ‘special.’”

According to the airline, the meal was some kind of mistake.

Avianca asked Hogarty to contact them privately about the issue and said: "This is not our standard so we surely will investigate as soon as possible."

But it’s not the first instance where airlines have struggled to deal with vegetarian meals of late.

Earlier this year, a passenger who ordered the veg option on an Aegean Airlines flight was handed a container consisting of a few sticks of celery, carrot and red pepper.

And it’s not just vegetarians who suffer.

In May, a British pax who ordered the gluten-free option on a nine-hour flight with Japan’s All Nippon Airways was served a banana while the everyone else tucked into a full hot breakfast.

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