Prison Food

December 29, 2010

in Food & Drink Stories

For a short while in 2002-2004 (can’t remember exactly when) Lufthansa started cutting costs on food. As a regular traveller at the time I was used to the free sandwich and free drinks offered on the Manchester-Frankfurt route. OK, it wasn’t the greatest food in the world, but to a hungry traveller it was pleasant, plus the free alcohol helped soothe my flying nerves.

Anyway, one sunny morning I get on the plane at Manchester having had a few gins to ease my tension. Plane takes off, no problems. Mmm, bit thirsty now, need an orange juice. The trolley was miles away as usual, but eventually it rolls up to me. By now my tongue is hanging out and I’m parched. The stewardess gives me a little paper napkin, places down a small pot (like a yoghurt pot) and a very small bread roll – and that was it. The pot contained water, just water, nothing else. I looked at my seat mates as it dawned on us – BREAD AND WATER! Yes we were on prison rations. The pot of water didn’t make a dent in the raging thirst I had, and by the time we arrived at Frankfurt my mouth was dryer than the bottom of a parrot’s cage.

Luckily this punishment only lasted about a month.

– Mike

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Clare December 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Is there some reason you couldn't ask for more water?


Karl December 30, 2010 at 12:41 am

Next time don't get plastered on gin before getting on an airplane! I don't believe they would not give you more water. This whole story seems to be "fishy"


ps January 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Yeah this wreaks of someone's not too imaginative imagination. And I've done that haul. You actually get a pastry and the attendants on Lufthansa are great.


Hugh December 31, 2010 at 12:30 am

I don't recall reading about you actually ASKING for more water. Next time, give that a try.


MM December 31, 2010 at 4:57 am

If you can afford to drink the airport gin (my assumption), I dunno why you couldn't afford to buy a drink or something on the plane.


david January 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm

its january 6th here is singapore, and no new stories for a while……..i know there must be some flights from hell recently, or at least some fake stories


Doug March 7, 2011 at 2:26 am

ever try bringing your own?
the airline industry has lost BILLIONS in the past decade and needs to cut corners. not always pleasant, but necessary nonetheless.
get with the program.


anonymous  July 31, 2011 at 2:32 am

Thats why it’s called bring your own water ,and what were you expecting..a buffet?


Kyle September 17, 2011 at 1:29 am

Welcome to Con Air!


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