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Airline claims ‘cockroach’ in passenger’s plane food is actually sautéed ginger – what do you think?

A PASSENGER who claimed he had found a cockroach in his plane food was told by the airline that it was simply ‘sautéed ginger.’

Nikul Solanki was flying from Mumbai to Bangkok at the end of August with Air Vistara when he found something unusual in his in-flight meal.

The passenger claimed to have found a cockroach in their in-flight meal

The passenger took a photo of what looked to be a creepy crawly of some kind, and shared it to Twitter, with the caption: “Small cockroach in air Vistara meal.”

The airline responded and insisted that their food was prepared “keeping the highest standards of quality in mind” and asked for Nikul’s details so they could look into the issue.

The next day, Vistara claimed that they had sent a sample of his meal to a laboratory, where it had been thoroughly tested following Mr Solanki’s complaint during the flight.

According to the airline, the tests revealed the suspect item to be nothing more than sautéed ginger.

They told Nikul: “We’d like to clear the air regarding the meal that was served to you on your flight with us dated 31st Aug from Mumbai to Bangkok.

“The sample was sent to the laboratory and thoroughly tested. Based on the reports, we can confirm that no foreign object/insect was found in the particular meal sample.

“The object in question was evaluated under a microscope and was found to be a piece of sautéed ginger.

“We at Vistara leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the highest standards of safety and services are upheld.”



Mr Solanki was unconvinced, however and twice asked for Vistara to show him a lab report, to which the airline has not yet replied.

Air Vistara told Sun Online Travel: “We would like to confirm that thorough investigation was carried out by concerned authorities and lab results had concluded that the object in question was a sauteed piece of ginger and was not a foreign object.”

Had it turned out to be a cockroach, it still might not be the worst thing to have been found in a plane meal this year.

During the summer a horrified flight steward discovered a snake head in their in-flight dinner.

The SunExpress cabin crew member recorded the horror find and shared it online – prompting an immediate response from the airline.

The attendant was on a Ankara to Dusseldorf flight when they tore open their meal to find a snake head staring right at them.

SunExpress – which is based in Antalya, Turkey, and flies across Europe and the Mediterranean – said the state of food was “absolutely unacceptable”.

It said in a statement: “It is our top priority that the services we provide to our guests on our aircraft are of the highest quality and that both our guests and employees have a comfortable and safe flight experience.

“The allegations and shares in the press regarding in-flight food service are absolutely unacceptable and a detailed investigation has been initiated on the subject.

“Until the research process in question is concluded, all preventive measures and actions, including stopping the supply of the relevant product, have been taken immediately.”

Meanwhile, an Aer Lingus passenger this month slammed the airline after they were given a “cardboard-tasting meal” on their flight to New York.

And this man divided opinion after telling his girlfriend she had ruined a flight with her choice of snack.

The airline say that they have tested the food in a laboratory and found no insects

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