The Only Passenger Without A Meal

July 12, 2010

in Food & Drink Stories

A few years ago I was travelling on Malaysian Airlines from KL to Australia. The flight was full as there had been a major sporting event on in KL that finished earlier that day.

I was seated in the last row by the window. Dinner service started and a few rows ahead I could hear the attendants apologising that they had run out of the second meal choice and could only offer chicken.

Upon reaching my row they gave my travelling companion a meal and walked off. Having already had my tray table down in anticipation of the meal I assumed they would soon be back.

Twenty minutes later most passengers had finished eating and I was still waiting. I pushed the call button and when the attendant came I asked if I could please have my meal. The attendant walked off to investigate and came back a few minutes later to say that they had run out of meals completely so I couldn’t have one.

This was on a nine hour flight! My travelling companion intervened and after another wait a meal was dumped on my table with a comment about how I’d better be grateful as that was a crew meal.

I can understand that they may have run out of food, but did they honestly think that they could walk off and not say anything to me as the only passenger on board without dinner?

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Sell flights July 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm

What a story, we're glad you finally got your meal!


David July 13, 2010 at 1:37 am

A flight from hell? No

at least you weren't on an American based airline where your meal would be 5day old slob that was either over or undercooked with a side of bitchass attitude


AKM July 13, 2010 at 2:41 am

Don't mind David, he's a troll.


rerere July 13, 2010 at 2:43 am

yep, David likes to eat children.


Patty July 13, 2010 at 2:54 am

They taste like chicken…


Clare July 13, 2010 at 7:29 am

I wonder what troll tastes like.


julicans July 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

troll tastes a little like Bald Eagle


madachode July 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

Maybe they were telling you something, like you should lay off from stuffing your face to shed a few pounds. Aircraft is not a restaurant .


David July 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I can't help it, I have no life. I do, however, have a computer in my mother's basement, and lots of time to kill.


noooob July 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Me tooo!


david July 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

i find it kinda funny how some immature idiot wastes time to making fun/using their names to make stupid comments due to the fact that they dont know what to do with their lives and thinks that its the coool thing to do by hiding under a computer where no-one can see them

congrat's you will never have a real job or move out of mommy's basement


noooob July 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Sounds like a plan! Good thing i have a bed down here or your mom would never come!


Laura July 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I bet next time you won't sit in the last row!


Original July 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm

As the original submitter of this story I'd like to thank certain people for their 'lovely' comments.

Just to clarify:

I do not weigh 300+ pounds, I am actually considered to be a skinny person.

My companion and I had no option with our seating. It was a full flight and online check-in or seat selection was not available. We arrived at the airport in plenty of time for the flight too.

I have been seated in the last row on many flights (in the days before you could select your own seats) and have never encountered such a situation either before or since this incident.


rerere July 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Blah Blah Blah


Tim July 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Unfortunately when you take the trouble to post on here(and many other sites) it attracts the attention of total losers who have nothing else to do but to post negative and plainly childish comments. Thanks for posting about your experiences and there is no need to explain yourself because of those wankers.


rerere July 14, 2010 at 2:53 am

Hey wise guy, I actually did for a while post good posts, but now, most of these people are idiots.


Josh July 14, 2010 at 5:33 am

Like you?


rerere July 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

No, like your mom.

rerere July 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

And, nobody likes you here on this wonderful website. GO.

Darryl July 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Agree with Tim, why don't those idiot losers go and get a life. Back to the post though, meals in cattle class have (if you still get them) just gone down hill so much. Flew to Singapore return from Australia recently, two choices offered and on both flights they ran out of one choice. I was over the wing and not at the back of the plane. Meals were disgusting, had a chicken caserole that was full of giblets ,yuck couldn't eat it. I emailed Qantas and said be like Hawaiian Airlines and just serve pasta it is cheaper and normally edible. I just eat before I fly now.


rerere July 14, 2010 at 2:54 am

Ew, I thought they'd serve something edible.


MM July 14, 2010 at 4:57 am

Aer Lingus is quite a cheap airline (though pretty regionally focused) which typically has edible meals–mainly because they stick to simple things like pasta.


Jim July 14, 2010 at 6:16 am

I have learned with the airlines, to expect the worse and plan for the worse, so you won't be disappointed. They have no respect for their customers. And, the service they provide is mediocore at best.

As such, the airline really only agrees to get you from point a to point b. And, sometimes they don't even do that. And, when they do it is not always at the scheduled time.

So, as for a meal. It is only 9 hours…unless you are a diabetic, or have other health concerns, you should be able to go that long without food…it really isn't that hard. However, if you can't…don't rely on the airline…eat before you board the plane. Bring a snack with you onto the plane. Take care of yourself….you can't rely on the airlines.


Troy August 31, 2010 at 4:29 am

I flew from Zurich to Johannesbur in January this year and when it came time to serve meals the steward said he had no record of the vegetarian meal I had requested and even left his trolly to go look up their records (so he said. He came back in an almost aggressive mode insisting there had never been such a request. I had information in my hand luggage overhead saying otherwise, but I was so jetlagged after flying all over America and and Europe the previous 3 weeks that I just gave in and slept the rest of the flight before connecting on home to Australia in JNB. I know, hardly a hellish situation, but I thought the original poster might be interested. Bye.


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