Woman stunned by airline’s vegan ‘meal’ on international flight


She shared pictures of her “meals” – in this case, just a napkin. TikTok / thekindtraveler

A woman was stunned and annoyed after ordering several vegan meals on a plane – but was served nothing more than a bottle of water during meal service.

Miriam Porter, a travel blogger who goes by the TikTok handle “the kind traveler”, was on an Air Canada flight traveling from Toronto, Canada to Frankfurt, Germany.

In a now-viral clip that has amassed nearly a million views, Miriam explained that she ordered several vegan meals during the 10-plus-hour flight, but was left hungry after pretending she hadn’t been served only water.

“POV: You’ve been on an Air Canada flight for over ten hours and order vegan meals,” her message begins.

She then shares footage from the flight showing her first ‘meal’ being a bottle of water.

For “meal 2”, she showed a napkin with nothing on it.

Miriam said she pre-ordered vegan meals but claims she only received a bottle of water during meal service on the 10+ hour flight.  TikTok / thekindtraveler
Miriam said she pre-ordered vegan meals but claims she only received a bottle of water during meal service on the 10+ hour flight. TikTok / thekindtraveler

Miriam finally received some food – although it wasn’t part of the proper meal service.

Instead, a flight attendant grabbed her a makeshift meal in business class.

“Thank you to the kind flight attendant who got me fruit and buns in business class,” she captioned the clip.

“I like fruit, but I also like whole meals! she added pointedly.

Air Canada offers a selection of “special meals” that passengers can order in advance. This varies from vegetarian meal options to diabetic, kosher and vegan.

“Special meals are available in all classes of service on all flights where meal service is offered (except on flights offering Air Canada Bistro service),” its site says.

“We will not be able to guarantee that your special meal request can be accommodated if submitted less than 24 hours before the first flight of your itinerary.”

However, Miriam said her order was placed “well in advance and confirmed (multiple times)”.

“It has unfortunately happened many times. I always pre-order in advance and bring my own food just in case. But this time it was impossible,” she said.

Her music video drew hundreds of comments from users who questioned why she just didn’t bring her own food this time around.

“I always bring my own food just in case, but I was 24 hours late and couldn’t prepare any food to bring,” she explained.

Air Canada says, “You can bring your own snacks and food on board, or purchase meals and beverages at the airport before your flight. through US pre-clearance when traveling to the United States. »

Miriam described the situation as “boring”.

“Especially since it was my second day trying to go home with little food. But I’m back, so a happy ending,” she said.

Miriam added that it took her two days to get back from Berlin.

Her clip prompted others to share their horror food stories, with one woman saying she was served a “roll with three slices of zucchini” on a long-haul flight.

Another said they were served “lettuce with six cold mushrooms on top” during their flight.

One woman said she was given “chicken on my pre-booked vegan menu”.

Others said they often had to stock up on rolls and snacks like pretzels and hummus.

News.com.au has contacted Air Canada for comment.

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