People are complaining there are too many vegan options on WestJet's new menus
In a new and hilarious turn of events, meat-eating passengers are finding themselves frustrated with what they consider to be a lack of dining options on WestJet planes.
Some devoted carnivores are up in arms over the Canadian airline's bougie new in-flight menu, which features a number of healthy (and vegan) meals like Korean cauliflower, Waldorf salad, zucchini and organic carrot fritters, a basil pesto grilled vegetable brochette and Greek salad.
The items on the menu, as usual, are dependent upon flight length, class and type of aircraft.
C'mon @WestJet. Most of the world aren't Vegans. This is the 3rd flight for me in the last 6 weeks where the menu is primarily Vegan. Equality is all I ask. Even your Ginger Chicken in mostly Vegan add chicken. #beBetter there are options. pic.twitter.com/DWIRL5bCsk— Barry Hughes (@Uncommon365) February 5, 2020
Though there are options with meat and dairy available, travelers who are apparently used to the luxury of being able to eat anything on any menu anywhere are finding themselves enraged — and completely ignorant of the fact that they can actually also eat vegan food.
"Equality is all I ask," complained one passenger who has obviously never been a vegan unable to order a single dish at a restaurant that insists on unnecessarily including meat, cheese and/or eggs in every meal they offer.
The same individual added the nonsensical argument that "Even [the] Ginger Chicken in mostly Vegan add chicken," seemingly infuriated with the concept of veganism in general and the prospect of accommodating it, for whatever reason.
Another traveler suggested the airline change its offerings to include one vegetarian (not vegan) option and one "real meat meal," evidently under the impression that meals sans meat are either imaginary or do not provide any nutritional value and are thus not real.
So @WestJet just curious how a Calgary based airline has a menu that is 75% vegan with one “chicken” option. You do understand you are in the middle of cattle country right? Also BC wines really...really... pic.twitter.com/Fe0Tm7Sksz— Deanoleask (@DeanLeask) January 20, 2020
The audacity is quite ironic given that anyone with dietary restrictions can vouch for the fact that getting even one or two good options to choose from at a restaurant — especially a plane — is rare.
Airline carriers have never exactly been known for the quality or variety of their food among vegans or anyone in general, but passengers who have dietary restrictions for moral, religious or health reasons usually have to call and request a "special meal" days before a trip.
And, despite this extra step, a special meal is not always guaranteed, which can mean the traveller can't eat for the whole ride if the regular menu doesn't offer an option they are able to have.
Hey @WestJet thanks for giving no meat options for all the meat eaters in western Canada!!! This menu is garbage for the plus section!!! Here's a thought, one vegetarian option & one real meat meal!!! Switching planes to a smaller one last minute is pretty close to a AC move!!— Garth Donald (@decisivegarth) December 3, 2019
Despite it being 2020, many restaurants are still unfriendly to non-carnivores, gluten-intolerant folks, Halal or Kosher eaters, diabetics, etc., ostensibly due to antiquated yet somehow still dominant "meat and potatoes" mentalities and social norms.
To offset the damage they're already doing to the environment, frequent flyers may want to consider the fact that eating vegan is the single biggest way to reduce one's impact on the planet, along with the fact that cutting out the milk and steak from time to time is beneficial for their health.
And, if they're still so morally opposed to the idea of consuming one vegan meal, they can always order the ginger chicken.
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