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06:11 am: The joys of dietary restrictions...
When I booked my airline reservations for my flight to Japan, the website would not allow me to choose a vegetarian meal. Instead, it said that I would have to make that request by phone. Since my flight is coming up soon, I thought now would be a good time for my meal request, so I called this morning. The poor customer service person was so befuddled.

Me: I would like to request the vegetarian meal.

Her: Let's see...you could have Vegetarian-Hindu, Vegetarian-Raw, or Vegetarian-Vegan.

Me: ...Um, isn't there just plain vegetarian? I'm not vegan, I'm not Hindu, and I do eat cooked food.

Her: Well, raw just means that if they serve other people salad, then you'll get one too.

Me: <thinking about how crazy I would be if served only salad on the plane> No, it doesn't. There are people who only eat raw food, not cooked. I am not one of those people.

Her: ...

Me: Sometimes they call it ovo-lacto? Because I eat eggs and drink milk?

Her: Oh, yes, there's one of those. Lacto-ovo.

Me: <sigh of relief> I'll take that one.

Although I am really curious what the Hindu meal would have been on a flight to Japan. Maybe I should have asked for that.


Date:December 20th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
I always like vegetarian meals on international flights-- I've had some really good Indian food that way. ;)
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Date:December 20th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, how I WISH they would serve good Indian food on a Japanese airline. Yum.
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Date:December 20th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
I considered requesting the vegetarian meal because their list doesn't include a no seafood meal option.

I do have to ask -- what difference would it make if you got Vegan? I mean, I realize the meal won't include milk, cheese or eggs, but not every plain vegetarian meal option is going to include those things, either.
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Date:December 20th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
I do have to ask -- what difference would it make if you got Vegan?

Mainly, I don't want to miss out if they serve scrambled eggs for "breakfast." The vegan alternative is usually some kind of grain-gruel. (Not oatmeal, oh no, that would be too normal.) I've also been served a vegan brownie for dessert before, and while I gave them props for trying, it tasted pretty nasty.

I don't know what JAL's meals are like, though, so I may be overthinking it.
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Date:December 20th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
This made me go double-check my reservation to make sure I had a vegetarian meal. Delta has it listed under "travelers with disabilities." Really??
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Date:December 20th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
Delta has it listed under "travelers with disabilities." Really??

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Date:January 2nd, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
Was the rep Japanese? That sounded almost incredulous. :*)

How long is your trip? Where will you go? I hope you have a winderful time!
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