Gujarat Board Demands Ban On Non-Veg Food In Flights

by Suchismita Pal
Gujarat Board Demands Ban On Non-Veg Food In Flights

After the incident of an Air India crew member serving non-vegetarian meal to a vegetarian passenger went viral, Gujarat Animal Welfare Board members and the Jain community sent a letter to the Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia asking for a ban on serving non-vegetarian meals in domestic flights. They wrote the letter with the intention to eliminate the chances of serving non-vegetarian foods to ‘strict vegetarian’ travellers on flights, even by mistake.


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What Exactly Happened?

On March 25, crew members of an Air India Tokyo-Delhi flight had mistakenly served a non-vegetarian meal to a passenger who had ordered vegetarian Jain food. Reportedly, the passenger was fully vegetarian and does not even have onion and garlic. He accused the crew members of taking the matter casually and added that his religious sentiments were hurt. A video of the incident did rounds on social media sparking strong reactions among netizens. Air India also grounded two flight attendants involved in the incident.

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The Letter Was Sent Keeping In Mind The Needs Of Vegetarian Passengers

According to a Times of India report, welfare board member Rajendra Shah has stated that the letter has been sent keeping in mind the needs of the vegetarian passengers. He added that passengers who are strictly vegetarian feel extremely offended if they are given non-vegetarian food instead of a vegetarian one. Also, recently, Mukkesh Suryaan, the Mayor of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, released an order for the closure of meat shops in Delhi during Navratri, taking place till April 11, stating that the sale of meat might make vegetarians uneasy.