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American Airlines Serves Blogger What May Be The Worst ‘Lobster Roll’ Ever

I know that airline food isn’t exactly the best in the world, but this is just ridiculous.

Travel blogger Ben Schlappig was recently served what he claims to be “the worst meal I’ve ever been offered in a premium cabin” while traveling business class on an American Airlines flight between Los Angeles and New York. Schlappig had noticed that the business class menu offered a lobster roll and decided to pre-order it to try it out for himself. As you can see in the photo above, what he got was definitely NOT a lobster roll.

Here’s what the whole dish looked like when presented to him:

The inside of the sandwich was mainly just tiny bits of lobster and hardly classified as a lobster sandwich, let alone a lobster roll. Schlappig described the taste as “like they took soggy pieces of bread and then spread butter with tiny particles of lobster on it.” Deeply disappointed in his airline meal experience, Schlappig wrote about it on his blog. Following some serious media attention he got as a result, American Airlines reached out and informed him that he had actually been served the first class meal of a lobster grilled cheese with tomato soup.

That ended up just confusing Schlappig even further, as his flight attendant had confirmed to him multiple times that he had been served a “lobster roll.” She eventually admitted to serving him the first-class meal, but still described it as a lobster roll, which this sandwich was anything but.

Still, even if this was supposed to be a “first-class meal,” American Airlines needs to seriously step up their game. As Schlappig concludes: “That this is actually a dish that American serves in three cabin first class, for which they try to charge $2,500+ one-way for a five hour flight? A lobster grilled cheese sounds delicious to me, but this was disgusting.”

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Delta Airlines Is FINALLY Bringing Free Meals Back To Long Flights

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I remember the days when we used to get free meals on long flights. International flights still always get the free meals, but we used to get free meals if we were traveling from San Francisco to Boston, New York to Hawaii, or something along that length.

However, when the economy got bad in the 2000s, airlines stopped providing those free meals and everything became extra. Nobody wanted to eat the airplane food, so people usually got stuff in a food court in the airport or just waited it out until they arrived at their destination.

Now, with profitability going back up for airlines, some have considered bringing back free meals on their longer domestic flights. Delta just decided to go all in on that.

CNBC reported that Delta will begin rolling out free meals to a dozen different cross-country routes on March 1st. It will begin with two routes: from New York to either Los Angeles or San Francisco. On April 24, the free meals will then expand to include the following routes:

  • New York to Seattle, San Diego, or Phoenix.
  • Boston to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.
  • Washington, D.C., to LA.
  • Seattle to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Anyone on these flights, including economy-class passengers, will be able to get one of the free meals, which includes veggie wraps, turkey sandwich combos, and breakfast sandwiches.

The new program comes after a test program in flights between New York and California. Those flights had much higher customer satisfaction scores, leading Delta to decide to implement the program over a wide range of long flights.

According to the same article, American and United Airlines will also consider implementing their own free meal programs for longer flights as well, leaving you with a choice of airlines when it comes to the food. If you fly cross-country with those airlines, you no longer have to spend extra money just to be able to eat on the trip.

If it means saving some extra money, I’m all for it.

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AIR FOOD ONE: Now You Can Get Airplane Food Delivered, Sadly Not via a Tiny Cart

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Do you dream of murky cardboard trays and tiny bottles of Smirnoff? Well weirdo, you’re in luck. Online German grocer Allyouneed.com has partnered with Lufthansa airlines to launch Air Food One — a home delivery service specializing in, yeah, airplane food. Because Stouffer’s just can’t compare.

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The good news is the food is supposedly “business-class quality,” says Mashable — meaning plates of peppered chicken breast, pumpkin gnocchi, and emperor bream with herb risotto. No peanut bags up in here. The frozen meals also match the offerings currently available on the airline each week, for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars less than what they’re paying 30,000 feet up in the air.

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In-flight movies, extra leg-room, and chances to join the mile-high club sadly not included, either.

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Here’s a Ridiculously Easy Way to Make Airplane Wine Taste Better

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Here’s an indisputable fact: airplane wine is awful. Similar to the aromatic scent of gasoline, the steely taste of wine offered to passengers flying coach is exacerbated in-flight due to the altitude and dryness of cabin air, according to Quartz.

While  sommeliers insist that aerating red wine through various decanting techniques helps the flavors and aromas flatten out, doing so within the confined space of cabin seating is hardly ideal. Decanting your vino and pouring it back and forth between two plastic cups would no doubt be unbearably obnoxious for those sitting next to you and unfortunately, blenders are prohibited as carry-on baggage.

So, what’s a lush to do when stuck with those single-serving plastic wine bottles with the twist caps? Simply shake it.

A few tips: Mind the people sitting near you and try not to throw bows. Pour a little of the wine out into your obligatory plastic cup. Reseal and make sure the cap is secured tightly. Now that you’ve got extra space in the bottle, lightly shake it for a minute. Pour and drink up.

Peek the mini demonstration:

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The Top 6 Airlines Serving Proper, Edible Food

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Everyone loves to complain about how awful airplane food is — inedible, greasy, and an embarrassment to meals on land. But, we’ve managed to find six airlines that actually bring gourmet goodness to 30,000ft. Rather than show you glossy images from plane PRs, we’ve sourced real, honest-to-goodness shots of what’s on offer, so loosen that belt buckle and enjoy:

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6. Etihad Airways

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The Abu Dhabi-based airline recruited for its “Flying Chef” program at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Their goal is to offer the service and standard of food you’d experience at a five-star restaurant, in first class. Didn’t score first class seats for this (or any) flight? Etihad’s fairly equal opportunity — meals in coach still deliver when it comes to both taste and selection.

North American gateways: Chicago, Washington DC, New York, and Toronto.

Photo: Sarah_Ackerman

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5. Cathay Pacific

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As one of the first and few airlines to carry in-house skillets, toasters, rice cookers, and steam ovens, travelers wake up to made-to-order fresh toast, organic scrambled eggs, and espresso or cappuccino. Even premium economy passengers are served with metal cutlery, and get Häagen-Dazs for dessert. Still hungry in the back? Everyone’s entitled to unlimited Cup Noodles throughout the flight.

North American gateways: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, and Toronto.

Photo: Sarah_Ackerman

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4. Singapore Airlines

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This bird’s known for catering meals to each of its specific destinations — experience Hong Kong-style noodles and braised beef short ribs in Chinese wine when you’re headed that-a-way, a traditional Japanese tea service if Tokyo-bound, an incredible thali en route to Delhi, and so on. They put experts in charge — two-time James Beard award winner Suzanne Goin, Michelin three-star restaurant owner and head chef Georges Blanc, and local celebrity Singaporean chef Sam Leong — just to name a few.

North American gateways: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and New York.

Photo: Richard Moross

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3. Emirates

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Flying first class? Don’t plan on getting any sleep in that fancy lie-flat bed of yours. There’s no time — seven-course meals must be had! If money is an object, and all of yours would fit into your carry-on, don’t fret — dinner in economy starts with slices of smoked tuna served with marinated vegetable salad, followed by a lamb brochette, accompanied by broccoli, roasted baby corn, and steamed rice. Top it off with sticky date pudding, cheese and biscuits, brandy, and chocolate.

North American gateways: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Toronto, Washington DC, New York, and Boston.

Photo: Andy Mitchell

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2. Air France

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Thibaut Ruggeri, winner of the Bocuse d’Or 2013, and general, all-around fancy-sounding chef, is the man behind Air France’s onboard menus. But don’t get too comfy, Thi-bo — the carrier chooses a new, world-famous chef to recreate their entire raft of meal options every eight months. Frequent (French) Fliers, no need to fear repetition; whatever the route, the meal program is swapped out for another one every ten days.

North American gateways: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Houston, Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Montreal, and Toronto.

Photo: Takato Marui

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1. Turkish Airlines

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Once again numero uno for ‘best food and beverage’ at this year’s Passenger Choice Awards, Turkish takes the delight and brings it up a notch come meal time. As passengers board, they’re greeted by the flight’s chef (complete in whites and silly hat), as if they’re walking into a restaurant. Go local and opt for appetizers like stuffed eggplant marinated in olive oil, followed by grilled beef with creamy eggplant. M’kay, time to eat.

North American gateways: Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, New York, and Boston.

Photo: Jun Sieta

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In-Flight KFC Meal is Portioned OCD Neatness

In-flight meals are cold, lifeless pieces of fuel, in general. Unless, of course, you go first class, where the champagne fountains flow and bikini-clad flight attendants roll out filet mignon roasted on a titanium grill. So while the hoity-toity settle into their plushy airline seats and nibble on caviar and crackers, the rest of the population will have to settle for the above photo featuring Japan Airline’s self-dubbed “Air Kentucky” meals. 

The collab makes sense, as KFC is extremely popular in Japan and it’s a smart marketing move into the holiday season (the promotion goes from December 1 to February 28). The real fun comes with the new packaging meant to compliment the KFC items. While the folks at Huffpo have deemed the portions featured above “pitifully small — at least by American standards” and the aesthetics of the packing at odds with KFC’s usual “bursts” of “high-contrast color,” we kind of like the subdued look.

It’s an example of what happens when someone with OCD tendencies (me) orchestrates the creation of an airline meal. The clean lines and cool blue color enable you to take your mind off the fact that you’re staring at a rosy-cheeked Colonel Sanders while you munch on your sad chicken drumstick and nibble on your coleslaw during the 14-hour flight in coach. Sigh, just another reason why champagne should be mandatory for every in-flight meal.

via Huffpo

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Are Northwest Flights Serving Penis or Peanuts? [Humor]

Oh poor Zain Verjee. The CNN News anchor has recently blundered on live television, announcing that Northwest Airlines flights would begin serving “penis“, although she surely meant, “peanuts“. In this age of YouTube, news anchor bloopers like this one become long term archived video gems. It’s okay Zain, we know what you meant.