air canada meal

Air Canada customer furious after finding rock in on-board meal

A Canadian couple is less than pleased with Air Canada after they discovered a rock in an on-board meal while travelling on a connecting flight from Zurich to Toronto. 

Ayman Amer, an engineer from Toronto, told CTV News he and his wife Cybele were travelling with their 10-year-old son when the cabin crew began distributing the in-flight meals. 

Amer told CTV his wife was given a green bean salad with chickpeas and grains and she immediately opened it and began eating. 

Suddenly, his wife screamed and removed what appeared to be a rock from her mouth. 

air canada meal

A close up view of the rock. Photo by Ayman Amer.

Amer said he immediately called over a flight attendant to complain about the rock, who then grabbed the meal and left with it.

Moments later, a cabin crew supervisor came over and said it was a dried bean. 

But after further examination, which Amer insisted on, a supervisor confirmed that it was in fact a rock.

"My wife could have choked or broken her tooth, not to mention my 10-year-old son," he told CTV. 

Amer told CTV he was offered a $100 Air Canada voucher in response to the mishap, though he said he's still quite angry about this "disaster."

Meanwhile, many on social media are saying most airlines use pre-packed food on board — meaning the rock in the salad was probably not actually their fault or within their control. 

And some are saying considering the low quality of Air Canada's food, a rock really isn't so bad. 

Others are saying Amer should let the whole thing go considering nobody got hurt in the end. 

"Buddy needs to chill a bit," one Twitter user wrote. "It's hardly a disaster. Nobody died. Sucks, yeah, but come on. He is looking to cash in for a rock that could have, but didn't, hurt anyone."

Lead photo by

Ayman Amer

Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Food

KD dijon ketchup once dreamed up by the Barenaked Ladies is now a reality

This bar in Canada has a bathroom totally dedicated to Ryan Reynolds

People are complaining there are too many vegan options on WestJet's new menus

Canada is obsessed with Harry Potter themed bars

You can now order food from KFC in Canada using only a voice command

People are missing the apple cider at Tim Hortons and want it brought back

McDonald's is now selling scented candles but they're not in Canada yet

Robin's Donuts is the chain in Canada that might be more popular than Tim Hortons