There are many things I try very hard to not think about when traveling, like the loud coitus of the people in the hotel room next to me, or just how dirty hotel beds are.
The same is true of airplane food, when you think of the germ-filled environment in which it’s served, and the mass-scale on which it’s produced. While I’ve visited some airline catering facilities over the years and have been very impressed, it doesn’t change the very nature of what they’re doing. On the production side I suppose it’s no different than any other mass produced food you’d find in a supermarket.
Fortunately I’ve never had any terrible experiences, or else I might be scarred forever. However, there’s a story going viral which is going to make me examine my future inflight meals more closely, no matter how irrational my “fear” is.
A passenger on an AirAsia flight found a dead lizard in his purchased inflight meal.
Here’s a picture, per the “Oh! Media” Facebook page:
And in case you missed it in the above picture, here’s a close-up:
Per FMT News:
“When I was eating, I found a lizard in my food. I informed the steward and he wanted my food container to replace it.
“I refused. When I landed at the Kuching International Airport, I went straight to the police station to make a report.”
Awang Waseem said the police report was intended as a precautionary measure for his own safety.
I’m not sure I understand the concept of filing a police report in this instance? Presumably it was intended to document the situation, though I’m not sure what purpose it serves beyond that? I’d assume a picture would serve the same purpose.
Here’s an AirAsia promotional video about their inflight catering (lizard not pictured):
Even if subconscious, you can bet I’ll be inspecting my next inflight meal a bit more closely after seeing this…
(Tip of the hat to shankar)