A vegan passenger traveling on a trans-Atlantic flight was given nothing to eat other than potato chips and peanuts for seven hours despite booking her meal before departure.
Veganism is becoming an increasingly popular way of life, especially in the UK. According to Elena Orde, communications and campaigns officer for The Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the UK has quadrupled in the past four years. That number will only continue to increase, but being a vegan can still be pretty tricky.
Eating at home obviously isn't an issue as you control what does and doesn't go into your food. Eating out, on the other hand, is another issue entirely. Not all restaurants and eateries are vegan-friendly, although that is rapidly changing. Those who choose to eat vegan are quickly being given more and more options when it comes to eating out, especially in bigger cities and built up areas.
That's meals at home and eating out covered, but what about food while traveling? Some flights are so long that it's necessary to eat one or more meals while aboard the plane. For Trilby Harrison, a vegan, that was sadly not an option. As reported by The Independent, the Brit flew from Manchester to New York recently and despite paying extra for the privilege, she did not receive a vegan meal for the entire seven-hour flight.
Instead, Ms. Harrison had to settle for a diet of peanuts and potato chips for the duration of her journey. By the time she arrived in New York, Harrison said she "felt sick and dehydrated after all the salt." The disgruntled passenger had paid £5 ($6.40) extra for a vegan meal, as you can see above, but received nothing of the sort. In this instance, it would appear that the blame falls firmly at the feet of a company called Gotogate.
Gotogate is the company that should have supplied the airline with the vegan meal, however, it obviously never did. It isn't the first time the company has come under fire recently. Earlier this year it sold passengers something it called a "platinum package." The only extra was that customer queries were answered more quickly and it cost an additional £19.90 (more than $25).