Imposition of Vegetarianism and Elitist Prejudice in Air India’s menu on domestic flights.
In a case of elitist bias business class fliers on Air India would get to eat Chicken, Lamb and Fish, while the economy-class passengers are forced to take up veg curry, panner and daal Tadka.
Last month the national carrier Air India had struck off Non-vegetarian items in the economy-class on all domestic flights.
Air India Chairman and MD Ashwani Lohani “We have decided to dish out vegetarian meals in our economy-class seats on domestic flights,” told The Hindu.
This decision was undertaken about a fortnight ago to abate wastage and costs, estimated to save around Rs 7-8 crorers annually. The national carrier is said to be reeling under a debt of Rs 50,000 crores and it’s government stake sale has already been approved recently.
Air India also cited the trouble that brew when one of it’s staff ended up mixing vegetarian with non-vegetarian meal that had caused a ruckus in some of the recent flights like the Shangai-Delhi flight. “It also eliminates the possibility of mix-up: a non-veg meal getting served to a vegetarian passenger, as it had happened a few times in the past.”
However frequent fliers have refused to buy into such claims and said measures such color coded stickers, bar coding meal packets could be used to eliminate human errors.
Mahesh Y Reddy, Air Passengers Association of India said “It’s a unfair move planned without conducting a user survey”.
The airline had stopped providing non-veg food on domestic flights below 90 minutes. An official said “Time constraints are major issue in short distance flights with less than 45 minute duration”.
Economy class flyers have started demanding an explanation from the on board airline staffs with queries for this selective denial on non-vegetarian meals when their business class counterparts are savour it.
Twitter took dig at supposed Brahminical style of vegetarianism being imposed and smelled a political conspiracy behind the move.
Only Vegetarian meals Served in Air India Flights. Another Sanghi Brahmanical interference in the name of Cost Cutting.
— Keerthi (@realkeerthi) July 11, 2017
Only veg food on Air India.
Next, flight attendants to speak only Hindi.
After that, stand for national anthem before flight take-off. #BMKJ
— Madhu Menon (@madmanweb) July 10, 2017
Air India to serve only vegetarian food.
Also, they're replacing safety instruction manuals with printouts of Hanuman Chalisa.
— Shridhar V (@iimcomic) July 10, 2017
Air India is officially Iyer India now
— HIyer (@Highiyerr) July 10, 2017