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Transatlantic Delta Flight Diverted After Passengers Sickened by Spoiled Food

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Transatlantic Delta Flight Diverted After Passengers Sickened by Spoiled Food​

There were 277 passengers on Flight 136, a dozen people were reportedly sickened​

 

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That's just horrible. I certainly am not moving Delta up the list for airlines.
 

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That's just horrible. I certainly am not moving Delta up the list for airlines.
It most likely is not Delta, it's probably their food service provider. I know LSG Sky Chefs used to be a big player in the market, but with today's economizing, who knows.
 

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... I know LSG Sky Chefs used to be a big player in the market, ...
Years ago, I interviewed with them for a job and the person they were replacing was still working there and not aware they were getting the chop. I got bad vibes from the boss conducting the interview and was happy that I didn't get a call back.
 

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They didn't say how the illness manifested itself.
I'd imagine the symptoms were sort'a gross.
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Airline food these days is nasty - even if it doesn't make you ill. Non-identifiable pasta or chicken in a tin foil container. That's what we got in coach in the 1990s.

IMHO it has devalued upgrades and made the top US carriers vulnerable to discount airlines with premium economy seats for a third of the price (Norse, French Bee) because all one is comparing these days is the seat - not the food.

I miss the days of first class with real meals.
 

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Airline food these days is nasty - even if it doesn't make you ill. Non-identifiable pasta or chicken in a tin foil container. That's what we got in coach in the 1990s.

IMHO it has devalued upgrades and made the top US carriers vulnerable to discount airlines with premium economy seats for a third of the price (Norse, French Bee) because all one is comparing these days is the seat - not the food.

I miss the days of first class with real meals.
I've had some very good meals in first and premium economy on United the past few years.
 

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I was on United international PE this year. No different than the discount carriers. same pasta or chicken in foil containers that the Business lie-flat folks were eating.

Where were you flying? Usually international is better food. Would rather fly on the discount carriers to get the same PE seat but 1/3 the price. (I say this as a United Lifetime Elite - if United is competitive or offers better schedule will fly them. Will not fly for better food/service.) In fact I thought the Norse Airways attendants were very attentive and friendly.
 

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I was on United international PE this year. No different than the discount carriers. same pasta or chicken in foil containers that the Business lie-flat folks were eating.

Where were you flying? Usually international is better food. Would rather fly on the discount carriers to get the same PE seat but 1/3 the price. (I say this as a United Lifetime Elite - if United is competitive or offers better schedule will fly them. Will not fly for better food/service.) In fact I thought the Norse Airways attendants were very attentive and friendly.
TBH, I'm so far fine with Coach, I care way more about wasting money on the getting there vs having fun while there. I don't even care if they provide food - I'd usually prefer skipping it as I don't really want to use an airplane bathroom anyway.
 

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As I see how expensive airfare has become and food has become crap, I am happy with coach if 5.5 hours or less. More than that and especially for overnight to Europe or Asia from west coast (12 hours) - I need a bigger seat than coach. I don't need lie-flats (although I don't mind if they upgrade me). On long day flight returns from Europe or Asia I am fine with PE so I can recline and put up my feet.

I avoid United coach as it has the worst legroom. AK, SW okay for short haul. Cost and legroom are what matters.
 
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As I see how expensive airfare has become and food has become crap, I am happy with coach if 5.5 hours or less. More than that and especially for overnight to Europe or Asia from west coast (12 hours) - I need a bigger seat than coach. I don't need lie-flats (although I don't mind if they upgrade me). On long day flight returns from Europe or Asia I am fine with PE so I can recline and put up my feet.

I avoid United coach as it has the worst legroom. AK, SW okay for short haul. Cost and legroom are what matters.
I really need to lie down on a long flight and I have total anxiety about my up coming coach flight to Italy. But $8000 for tickets is just too crazy for us. I hope I survive with my back issues.

Not to mention the 6 hour layover in Munich. Can’t even pay to be in a lounge. I want to puke.
 

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I really need to lie down on a long flight and I have total anxiety about my up coming coach flight to Italy. But $8000 for tickets is just too crazy for us. I hope I survive with my back issues.

Not to mention the 6 hour layover in Munich. Can’t even pay to be in a lounge. I want to puke.
I hear you about back pain on long flights (or car driving). It seems my time travel limit is now about 5 - 6 hours before the lower back pain sets in. It's an old injury doctors say I must live with. Standing or lying down provides near instant relief, but once back in the seat the pain only takes a minute to return. Once the pain starts it only continues to get worse, while seated. From Florida, flights to Europe are now a thing of the past for me.
 

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Not to mention the 6 hour layover in Munich. Can’t even pay to be in a lounge. I want to puke.

Huh?


At the very least, you may purchase access to the Airport Lounge World and Airport Lounge Europe lounges as shown on this site.
 

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Huh?


At the very least, you may purchase access to the Airport Lounge World and Airport Lounge Europe lounges as shown on this site.
Lufthansa’s website says we cannot purchase them because we are economy class. They’ve changed the rules.
 

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I always bring food. Something that keeps for a long time and is kind to my stomach. Usually a sandwich of some sort. Delays, cancellations and similar have left me with a sandwich and a granola bar in my backpack in an airport where everything has closed for the night. It's still unpleasant. But it's better than unpleasant with a side of hunger.

And any time I visit a new country, the first thing I do -- often before leaving the airport -- is acquire local yogurt and eat it immediately. It's got to be local. It has to have active cultures. And if I can't find one in the airport, I'll make sure I find some sort of market which can take care of this. And then I won't eat anything more complex than bread for at least a few hours while the new microbes work their way through.

In this case -- spoiled food -- all the yogurt in the world wouldn't have made a difference. But bringing a sub sandwich (or Detroit pizza, or really anything at all) would have.

Spoiled food typically tastes very metallic and/or sour. Sometimes overly bitter. I probably would have spit it out, and hopefully informed an attendant. Doubt it would do any good though. Identifying bad food before swallowing is a skill only the developing world seems to keep. I don't have a perfect track record with this. But it has saved me from "riding the thunderbucket."
 

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I've had some very good meals in first and premium economy on United the past few years.
I have never had good food in any class in over 40 years of flying. Good for airplane food maybe, but not good for homemade or restaurant food. Most is simply inedible, in all classes. Much better food from any decent take out, and certainly a top restaurant. It simply is not possible to serve a good hot meal to hundreds of people hours after it is made, coupled with the constraints of delivery and packaging for the masses. Bad food at large convention/wedding settings is far better than the best airline food.
 

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Lufthansa’s website says we cannot purchase them because we are economy class. They’ve changed the rules.
If you click the link you'll see that there are multiple lounges at that airport, and there are at least two which sell tickets for entry. You may buy them on the site I linked.
 

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If you click the link you'll see that there are multiple lounges at that airport, and there are at least two which sell tickets for entry. You may buy them on the site I linked.
I looked at these. No restrictions then? We are not frequent flyers and we don’t know the ropes in airports and such.
 

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I looked at these. No restrictions then? We are not frequent flyers and we don’t know the ropes in airports and such.

Read the website.


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Airline food is getting worse on all airlines. I prefer European carriers when I fly TATL, and traditionally they have had better food than the US carriers, but with some carriers that has been going downhill. The last Lufthansa flights I was on had some really bad food. However my last Austrian flights still had good food and they still brought around the basket of hot rolls. European carriers also have a wider range of free alcoholic beverages.
 

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On Lufthansa, they brought little bottles of wine with meals.
We hadn't asked for it, but what the heck, drank it anyway.
 

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I guess I have been luck, most of my airline meals have been ok. Certainly some were basic or boring but at least don't think i sick from any of them..

As for the booze, I agree many airlines have cut back on the options, but somehow I manage to find something to drink...
 
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