Airline food is rarely the height of fine dining.
But when youre a vegan, the offerings can get really dire.
If youre lucky enough to get any meal, you might find yourself presented with plain, limp salad leaves, miserable sandwiches, and things that definitely arent vegan.
To showcase the reality of vegan in-flight fails, The Vegan Society and Humane Society created FlyVe, a site allowing travellers to share their reviews of the vegan meals theyre given while flying.
Theyre calling on airlines to improve their vegan offerings on flights, and to offer vegan meals as a default option rather than something customers have to request in advance.
Charlie Huson, Forward Food Campaign Manager at Humane Society International/UK, said: There are compelling animal welfare, environmental and human health benefits from eating plant-based foods, so its something that everyone – not just vegans – should be enabled to do.
Unfortunately, many airlines are still offering the choice of chicken or beef, and in doing so failing to serve their fast-growing number of vegan customers and missing the opportunity to make animal and planet-friendly vegan options a choice accessible to everyone.
Have a look at some of the poorly reviewed vegan in-flight meals below to get a proper picture of the situation.
Jane, Delta Airlines
Main meal was plain rice, peppers and onions with a side salad… disappointing. Got served BUTTER twice.
Had a poor vegan snack of a cucumber and tomato sandwich, no spread or anything.
Breakfast was a banana, bagel, jam and juice, no vegan margarine and no soya milk or milk alternative which was especially disappointing especially with the fact Starbucks are partnered with Delta.
Karly, Norwegian Air UK
Disappointed by my “vegan” breakfast that wasnt actually vegan (honey oat bar).
Also, would love Norwegian to realise vegans can eat more than just fruit! There are plenty of vegan options these days and I was disappointed by their reliance on fruit to cater for vegan meals.
The vegan food was absolutely tasteless and I do not know how it held together because it had no texture at all.
So on my way back I decided to have a fruit meal instead and this was even worse! It consisted of two unripe plums, bun, butter and bottle of water!
Since when are bun and butter considered to be fruits? And this was supposed to cover half of the 10-hours flight…
Andy, Turkish Airlines
We informed the airline in advance that we were vegan and were told there would be a vegan option. It was a 10 hour flight with a short change over in Istanbul.
There was no vegan option on either leg, nor any time to buy food during the change over as we ran from one side of the airport to the other and just about made our flight.
On the first leg (Manchester to Istanbul) we received one apple and one banana to share between the two of us.
On the second leg we received the same again, and asked for a bread roll too. We were given a bread roll to share and told we were “very lucky”. I would hate to hear how “unlucky” passengers are fed…
Claire, British Airways
Flew economy from London Gatwick to New York JFK 9th – 13th May 2019. We booked vegan meals at the time of booking but on the flight to be told they werent there (in fact they said we werent even on the passenger list, despite the fact that we obviously had boarding cards – not terribly confidence inspiring).
Attached is a picture of what they came up with, for our evening meal – banana, apple, orange and a packet of crisps.
Essie, Air Canada
Flew from Barcelona-Montreal on Air Canada rouge, the vegan option was sad. Unappealing and unappetising.
Plain rice, steamed carrots, string beans and some grilled tomatoes. White (stale) bread roll with margarine. Dessert was fruit slices if I remember correctly.
Bring your own food. On the plus side at least it didnt cost anything, but they did charge for all alcohol.