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It's often said that vegetarians get a rough ride. They don't get the pleasures of a Sunday roast, a succulent joint of roast beef, a turkey at Christmas, or a bacon sandwich.
Having said that, the odd vegetarian meal can be a delight. What a passenger on an Aegean Airlines flight was anything but 'delightful'.
We know that aeroplane dinners are never very appetising. Earlier this year, LADbible revealed the secrets behind your food onboard and the lucrative £10bn-per-year industry.
This man had ordered the 'Vegetarian Oriental' meal in advance.
Now, on the company's website, it states that passengers will get an "opportunity to enjoy a meal inspired by traditional recipes from the islands of Greece.
"All passengers on international flights will have the chance to enjoy a meal from the Greek cuisine," it continues.
Arguably, 'Greek cuisine' does feature a lot of fruit and vegetables, however, as the cabin crew were handing out hot meals to other passengers, this vegetarian chap got a box featuring a handful of raw vegetables.
The man, who goes by the name Musterknabe on Reddit, uploaded a picture onto the online forum.
He said: "I booked my flight online and chose the 'Vegetarian Oriental' meal. This is what I got."
It turns out the 'oriental' aspect of the dish comes from the piece of Chinese celery that was included. What luxury.
It seems as if the company really had taken the biscuit - literally!
The passenger said: "I didn't complain about this yummy dish. But then I realized that all passengers who ordered a non-vegetarian meal got an extra cookie for dessert, so I demanded a cookie and got one."
He added: "I am not a vegetarian, I just prefer good meat."
To be fair, he may have a point. Professor Peter Jones, formerly of Surrey University, had previously spoken about the quality of meals.
He said: "Airlines are not hugely concerned about nutrition because their view is that one meal consumed by a passenger will not make the slightest bit of difference to them out the thousands of meals they consume."
The passenger on the Reddit feed explained that he prefers to know where the meat has come from, and how the animals were treated before they were killed.
Being up in the air can alter the way your food tastes, studies have shown. Professor Charles Spence, of Oxford University, explained that even using the plastic cutlery airlines give you, can change what you're tasting.
"We've shown that if you have heavy cutlery you rate food better and will pay more," he said. "Plastic takes you down by ten percent."
Mind you, I don't think even heavy cutlery could have saved this passenger's experience.
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