If an air­line must serve only veg food, why tar­get econ­omy, ask lovers of non-veg fare

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Pr­erna Gauba pr­erna.gauba@htlive.com

Those fly­ing do­mes­tic econ­omy with Air In­dia will now have to make do with daal makhni and mix veg curry, while the folks in first class will con­tinue to en­joy their lamb curry and chicken reshmi ke­bab. It’s elit­ist and reeks of class prej­u­dice, say lovers of non-veg food.

Twit­ter has been testy about the air­line’s de­ci­sion, aimed at cost-cut­ting and wastage re­duc­tion. One tweet even hinted at a con­spir­acy to turn every­one more ‘san­skari’ than they want to be. It said: “Only veg food on Air In­dia. Next, flight at­ten­dants to speak only Hindi. Af­ter that, stand for na­tional an­them be­fore take-off.”

The food blog­gers we spoke to didn’t see such dark de­signs, but were nonethe­less cheesed off. “If they were fair, they would’ve done away with non-veg­e­tar­ian food com­pletely for every­one, right from econ­omy to busi­ness and first class. There shouldn’t be any dis­crim­i­na­tion when it comes to food,” says food blog­ger Shivesh Bha­tia.

Deeba Rajpal, food blog­ger and recipe devel­oper, be­lieves that the de­ci­sion will spoil a pas­sen­ger’s in-flight ex­pe­ri­ence. “You can’t take away a per­son’s food choice just be­cause you need to bring down costs. You can add a cost [for the pas­sen­ger], but not giv­ing a choice is not fair.”

Food stylist Praerna Kartha says that it’ll ul­ti­mately af­fect the good­will of Air In­dia. “What has re­mov­ing non-veg food got to do with im­prov­ing other ser­vices? I fail to see the con­nect,” she says. “The air­line will lose its good­will, and pas­sen­gers might move to dif­fer­ent car­ri­ers if Air In­dia con­tin­ues im­pos­ing such mea­sures.”

Food is part of your trav­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ence, and for those who love non-veg­e­tar­ian food, this comes as a big dis­ap­point­ment DEEBA RAJPAL, FOOD BLOG­GER

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