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I flew Continental up to Seattle this summer, and when I made the reservations, I had the option to pick "vegetarian meal." I think the options on the website were regular, kosher, or vegetarian. So halfway through our flight, they start serving lunch, and when I ask for my veggie meal, the flight attendant brightly tells me, "Oh, we only offer actual choices on trans-continental flights." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:"><br><br><br><br>
So why did they let me have the illusion on their website that I could select a veggie meal? Sheer cruelty?? I didn't see any notice of this policy anywhere when I was booking the flight. It turns out the meal they were serving on the flight there happened to be cheese pizza, so I ate it. However, I already had a pretty good idea that American airline service is in the dumps these days, so I had some snacks in my purse just in case. On the way back they served hamburgers, and I needed to use those snacks.<br><br><br><br>
What has been your experience getting veggie meals on planes (or trains or any other form of travel for that matter) when traveling either domestically or internationally?
 

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I haven't been served actual food on an airplane in forever (except for when I flew first class going for a job interview, freaking awesome, BTW.) Last time we flew, they only served sodas (not even peanuts or pretzels.) We've made a habit of bringing food since airplane food sucks so much anyway. My parents actually got me into the habit of packing food for flights when I was a kid. My dad travels a lot for work and he's had one too many bad experiences with airplane food.
 

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I've been on several domestic flights in the USA, but I don't think they ever offered any kind of veg*n food. I liked Southwest the most, because they simply didn't serve <i>anything</i>, so at least I didn't feel left out. The passengers were encouraged to bring their own food.<br><br><br><br>
Domestic flights in Norway don't have any veg*n meals. The same with flights from Norway to other European countries, I believe. But transatlantic flights are usually decent - you can get both vegan and lacto-vegetarian meals. I also once flew from Germany to Dubai with Lufthansa, and they served decent vegan food.
 

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When I flew KLM (Royal Dutch Airline) this past summer, I got "strict vegetarian" meals for lunch and dinner and not only were they most certainly vegan, but they were *delicious*. Unfortunately the breakfast was not vegan but still. I highly recommend KLM. What service!!<br><br><br><br>
But I had the same bad experience on AirCanada. We called ahead to get veg meals, and they said okay, and then on the plane were quite rude and said that only so-and-so special flights get that option.
 

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I liked Southwest the most, because they simply didn't serve <i>anything</i>, so at least I didn't feel left out. The passengers were encouraged to bring their own food.</div>
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That's just it-- I've been flying Southwest for so many years I didn't realize how crummy the supposed "meal" service was on other airlines.
 

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I am in shock... They served a meal on a flight with departure and destination both in the US? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> (*faint*)
 

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I am in shock... They served a meal on a flight with departure and destination both in the US? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> (*faint*)</div>
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agreed: my experience has been domestic flights don't get meals.<br><br><br><br>
international, most recently, i've flown United. there they had the option of a vegan meal, and it was pretty good, as airplane food goes. they even gave us a vegan donut!
 

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I'll be flying internationally with British Airways next week and have requested a vegan meal so we'll see how it goes.<br><br><br><br>
I can't remember the last time I've been served a meal on a domestic US flight. The snack on my most recent flight was cheese crackers so I had to settle for just a beverage.
 

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I flew Continental up to Seattle this summer, and when I made the reservations, I had the option to pick "vegetarian meal." ...</div>
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Interesting - I'm flying Continental to Houston in a couple weeks - I saw that meal option but was under the impression that NO flights in the US on ANY airline actually offered meals any more, so I didn't check any choices..<br><br><br><br>
Oh well, guess it doesn't matter anyway - but maybe I'll give 'em a little greif anyway just because those long flights can be SO boring...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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When I flew Continental from the US to Glasgow and from London to the US, I had requested vegetarian meals and the flight attendants had no idea either time. The Glasgow flight people felt bad and offered me extra salad (yeah, I know...). The attendant on the way back from London took it personally when I told her I'd requested a vegetarian meal and told her that I didn't want a meal when she said they didn't have anything. She then somehow managed to find a vegetarian tray and pretty much flung it at me. It was kind a kind of congealed tofu-rice concoction...not especially appetizing.
 
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so far i've only flown internationally, between england and canada (which is an 8 hour flight and you loose/gain 5 hours on the clock- bleurgh) with aircanada and airtransat (a holiday flight operator).<br><br><br><br>
air canada offered me a choice of ovo lacto vegetarian, strict vegetarian (no dairy or eggs), or asian vegetarian (dunno what that meant, but my travel agent offered to call them and ask if i wanted <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> she's so good!) as well as a fruit platter meal (does this mean they cater for fruitarians too? wow!) and the usual gluten free, low sodium, bland (mmmm) religious meals, etc etc etc.<br><br><br><br>
i got the vegan meal, and i think i ended up with some kind of veggie curry- i can't remember- i take my own food anyway as i have food intollerances and they don't list always ingredients on the meals, and i was knackered and spaced out on that flight. also, i remember that they served food what seemed like every hour .... first there were cookies, and then muffins, and then cheese (or pepperoni) pizza, and icecream sundaes, and a range of subway sandwiches, etc, constantly being wheeled about, as well as the meal in the middle of it all, and the option to buy miss vickis chips and free softdrinks including apple juice and tomato juice. i'm suprised everyone managed to walk off that flight considering the amount of food that was eaten.<br><br><br><br>
airtransat offered an asian vegetarian meal, an ovo lacto vegetarian meal, and a dairy and egg free vegetarian (vegan) meal as well as all the other random special meals, but no fruit platter, and the same chips and free softdrinks. i found that they kind of plonk your meal in front of you unceramoniously and then just shreik 'tea or coffee?' constantly at you through the night, which is nice, and makes you feel like herded cattle compared to the royalty that airtransat made me feel like.<br><br><br><br>
my vegan meal with them was really nice though, tofu pieces in a mildy spiced tomato sauce with little strips of red and green pepper, with rice noodles (yey- i'm gluten free too so thats a bonus!) with a little pot of mixed bean salad, and a little fruit salad, on the side.<br><br><br><br>
i'm pretty sure one of the two had non dairy margarine patties with their breadrolls (can't remember which one cos i didn't eat the breadroll) and that both had non dairy creamer (didn't check this either cos i don't drink tea and coffee, so it might have been that casein containing 'non dairy').<br><br><br><br>
i was actually pretty well treated food-wise by both airlines, i think the trick is to be really clear, phone them when you book and confirm and clarify details, ask that its written in 'additional notes' on your data on their computer system, then call 72/48 hours before the flight (check with the company which one to call by and call again 24 hours before if you wanna be really sure, lol) then mention it when you check in at the airport- when you arrive and check in and they take your bags, and again when you get to the departure lounge (they'll even write it or circle it on your ticket, sometimes, lol). i sometimes take the names of people i spoke to too. then they'll be so sick of hearing about it, that they'll have no excuse to get it wrong, and they know they'll personally be mentioned if there is a screw up and you call/write and complain later, lol.<br><br><br><br>
i'm not that anal about my dinner that i obsessively record and check details over and over neurotically, while i have my own dinner with me anyway- incase you wonder- i think its more that having something to focus on (the food stuff) helps me not puke about the fact that i'm about to be hanging precariously in the sky while travelling at high speed, all day/night, and that there are customs officials and people with with guns lurking about waiting to be threatening and ask me a billion questions (which i always seem to screw up) lol.
 

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I flew from Machester (UK) to Vancouver and back with Thomas Cook earlier this year. I pre-ordered a vegan meal, on the way there they didn't have any on board (the flight attendants said a load of other meals like gluten free had also gone missing, so it was probably the people who packed the plane getting it wrong) but they managed to find me one from the crew supplies. On the way back it arrived no problem, and for breakfast I didn't have as much as everyone else so a flight attendant said that if I wanted anything else they would have a look in the crew box for me.
 

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Well quite honestly the main reason that meal service has declined so much is because of competition from Southwest. People have shown that they'd rather go for the lowest fare and forgo the meal, so to stay competitive the major airlines got rid of their meal service or scaled it down quite a bit. I haven't had food on a plane in forever, if anything it was those little sandwich bags with a turkey sandwich in it and usually some fruit and chips. I just ate the fruit and chips. American Airlines now offers snack packs that you can buy for like $4 with various junk food in it on most domestic flights, but I just eat before I go. If I ever get enough money to fly internationally I'll see what happens then.
 

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I fly a lot for business in Australia, and its stored on my frequent flyer profile that I am to be served a vegan meal always. They're really good about this and my meals range from a tomato and chickpea goulash with rice to a sort of tofu curry thing. I am always given non dairy spread for the breadroll and a little container of soymilk as well.<br><br><br><br>
When I fly internationally, I use Singapore Airlines the most, and their meal service is the best I have ever seen. When you book, as well as standard vegetarian and vegan meals, you can get Jain, Fruit Platter, Raw and Kosher. Even the snacks they serve adhere to the meal selection (unlike Qantas).<br><br><br><br>
I've been lucky in that I've never had a meal lost or forgotten on a plane, but I always pack my own snacks as well.
 

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Continintal was the company who "forgot" our vegan meals on the flight over to the US recently. All the mean stewardess would say was "All the special meals didn't get packed. Chicken or pot roast?" (a jewish couple didn't have their kosher meals packed either) A nice steward seeing that i was in tears found us one ovo lacto veggie meal to split and scrounged some bread rolls from 1st class. But that and water were all we had on the flight. Because the snacks were ice cream and a meat and cheese sandwich on white bread. We were sooooo hungry by the time the 9.5 hour flight was over. I should also mention that the same bitchy stewardess wouldn't let me have more water. I got up and asked for water hoping to fill my tummy with liquid to stave off hunger and she said "if everyone drank as much as you we'd run out of water so go sit down and a beverage service will bring some around soon" And it did 2 hours later. I had had 2 of those little plastic glasses. The kind where 2 sips and the water is empty. 4 sips of water and I was asking too much. We are so writing a complaint letter. We only flew Continintal because my mom had given us frequent flyer miles to get here for free. Never again.<br><br><br><br>
We've flown British Airways--very nice service and good food. We flew Virgin Atlantic once--we had Amy's meals. Nice.
 

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agreed: my experience has been domestic flights don't get meals.<br><br><br><br>
international, most recently, i've flown United. there they had the option of a vegan meal, and it was pretty good, as airplane food goes. they even gave us a vegan donut!</div>
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I wish Mighty O had a jingle so I could sing it. (Even if the vegan donut did not come from them.) That's cool, Cats. I hope my next airline meal is half as impressive.
 

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I recently flew with Monarch Airlines (a charter airline in the UK) and their vegetarian meal was nice. The best bit was getting it before everyone else got their food. It was nice tucking into my meal while everyone else was having to smell mine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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I had a semi-bad experience with British Midland - I had request a vegetarian meal, and on the plane they said it hadn't turned up. Thankfully some of the staff sandwiches were veggie one stewardess gave me hers.<br><br><br><br>
They messed up my order on Eurostar once too - I had a fit, but they couldn't sort it so I got a free lunch from the buffet instead.<br><br><br><br>
So, while the two cockups didn't end in me starving, both meals were meant to be main and I only ended up with a snack.<br><br>
GRR<br><br><br><br>
However, Northwest, Korean Air, JAL, BA (all international flights) and Varig (international and internal) = bloody great. Meals were requested when booking, and it was fine. Got served first in all cases, and the meals were tasty (not just by airline standards) and interesting. breakfast/lunch/dinner were all really good. Some were also vegan.<br><br><br><br>
By all accounts Lufthansa are also very good in terms of the quality of their speciality meals, and I don't know of anyone who has had a bad experience with them.<br><br><br><br>
I guess I've been lucky!
 

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I get airsick so I fast when I fly :p
 

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I get airsick so I fast when I fly :p</div>
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Well, that's a pretty effective way to cope with the problem! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 
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