I’m going to become a vegetarian for my next flight. It’s not because I don’t like meat or am making a healthy switch to a new diet. I love beef and chicken. I even like peeling back the little foil and enjoying my chicken Marsala whilst crammed into my little seat and watching a movie and getting elbowed by the guy next to me who is trying to butter his roll. It’s all part of the joy of flying and I DO enjoy it.
What I don’t enjoy is being served near last. It may be because I always seem to be sitting in an aisle seat in row twenty something and that is just the serving order and that’s still okay by me. But ever notice the attendants walking around serving certain meals to certain people? “Specials meals”. So everyone who ordered the kosher meal, vegetarian meal or some strange vegan macrobiotic concoction all get served ahead of everyone else who made no special requests. On a recent flight across the Atlantic my seat-mate had a few food allergies and had pre-ordered a special meal. Of course she was served first and she was already finished before I even got asked “chicken or pasta”?
So what happens if all passengers aboard order a “special meal”? Chaos? What will be the pecking order on the food chain now? I do find it commendable that the airlines cater to so many special dietary food needs, it is an impressive show of service in today’s cut backs in the airline industry.
But for now, I am going to go meatless for about ten hours just to see what it feels like to get fed before round one 😉