Aviation ministry urged for a complete ban on serving non-vegetarian food on domestic flights

Members of Gujarat Animal Welfare Board and the Jain community have written to civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, seeking a ban on serving non-vegetarian meals to passengers on domestic flights so that there’s no scope for “strict vegetarians” to be even mistakenly given such food.

“This request is being made on behalf of vegetarian passengers…Strictly vegetarian passengers feel much more distressed and offended when non-veg food is served instead of veg food,” board member Rajendra Shah, who had campaigned against livestock export from India a couple of years ago, said.

The aviation ministry urged for a complete ban on serving non-vegetarian food on domestic flights

The letter was triggered by an alleged incident on a Tokyo-Delhi Air India flight when a vegetarian passenger was allegedly served non-vegetarian food. “This traveller doesn’t even eat onion, garlic and potato. His parents were also offended,” Shah told TOI.

The traveller had reserved a Jain vegetarian meal for himself. However, the two crew members mistakenly served him a non-vegetarian meal, officials said. When the passenger realised that he had been served the wrong meal, he put in a complaint with the crew members.

The airline has grounded the two crew members and initiated a probe into this incident. This isn’t the first time that the air carrier has been involved in a controversy.

The letter was triggered by an alleged incident on a Tokyo-Delhi Air India flight when a vegetarian passenger was allegedly served non-vegetarian food.

Last week, attendants on an Air India London-Ahmedabad flight found that the catering company had messed up the order and mostly uploaded non-vegetarian meals.

The London based catering company had uploaded 28-non-vegetarian and four vegetarian meals onto the aircraft while the correct order was just the opposite – 28 vegetarian and four non-vegetarian meals.

In February 2019, a cockroach was found in the food on the Bhopal-Mumbai flight and the airline company had apologised and initiated corrective action internally.

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