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Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?  
User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

As a vegetarian, I've always been curious about this.
I figure since they *pay* the crew instead of getting paid, if they have special dietary requirements they are on their own. Esp, since there are times when flight crew go on short notice.

I suppose on El Al, everything is kosher and on Airlines from Islamic countries they would be halal.


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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6330 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

Same as passengers. However, the flight crew do not eat the same entree. Safety reasons. You wouldn't want all the flight crew with food poisining at the same time. They can request special meals as can paying passengers.


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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2718 times:

Remember airplane? same idea.

User currently offlineCritter_592 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2705 times:

I heard the cockpit crew doesn't get to eat til after all pax, and they get whatever is left over.

User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2680 times:

It depends on the airline, I used to do charter work for different airlines. Some would give us First Class food for the crew including a special meal for the captain. Others would just give you a loaf of bread and some cold meat!!!

A number of low cost carriers in Europe dont supply crew meals at all.



User currently offlineGUNDU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2667 times:

Singapore Airlines supplies First Class food to captains.I'm not too sure about cabin crew though.


GUNDU


User currently offlineTriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

Flightdeck crew get meals that are different from those of the pax, and both get different meals from one another, too. If special dietary needs are in order, one had better take his or her own food along... Such is life.

As side information; I used to be vegetarian myself, too. On doctor's advice, however, I gave up on it. Apparently, flying over 30.000 ft causes the iron level in one's blood to drop drastically. (At one point, I had the numbers to prove it.) When not trying to regularly boost it by eating some meat, one would need additional "iron injections" in order not to grow too weak. (Tablets appear not to be an option, since they may cause an ulcer in the long run.)
I thought you might be interested to know this. Remember, this is what my doctor told me - I didn't make it up, myself. For the record: my doctor is somewhat of an authority when it comes to the rather specific combination of medicine and aviation.

Best regards,

TriStar.


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

I've seen flight crews enjoying meals of different types. I've seen them get something from the concourse resturants; I've seen them bring a sack lunch, and I've seen them served the leftovers from the Business Class cabin.

User currently offlineRey777 From France, joined Apr 2001, 170 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2619 times:

It depends on the airline... My girlfriend is a crew member in Crossair. Sometimes they eat what pax dont eat. But they always have the same meal as pax. By the way, sometimes she brings me some stuff and that's pretty cool !  Big grin

User currently offlineBraniff727 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 686 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

On NWA they get special crew meals. There is usually a choice of two entrees, with bread, salad and dessert. They are often disgusting, yes worse than passenger meals. Additionally, they sometimes do not have enough if there is an FA add on the pattern.

I once had a crew meal on a flight that was left over (I was non reving with my BF). It was some sort of beef-esque product with barbeque sauce, salad and chocolate cake. Aside from the beef, it was pretty good.



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User currently offlineGive it a GO From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2584 times:

No crew food at all at Go - unless you buy a sandwich Sad

User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 46
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

At AA, pilots receive first class pax meals when scheduled for a crew meal. There are no special meals available; however, upon captain's request additional pilot crew meals will be provided on flights not scheduled for one on an "as available" basis. FWIW, I have never been refused additional crew meals when providing the airport operations folks at least 30 minutes prior notice.

Flight Attendants receive a "snack pack" that contains "health food" style breakfast or lunch snacks. No longer sure of when their contract provides for these and the ones I've seen are not too appealing to my eye. I have on numerous occasions purchased "lunch" at airport resturants for my flight attendants provide we have enough sit time between flights to receive the food prior to boarding the next aircraft.



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User currently offlineCALPilot From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 999 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2551 times:

There is no rule in the US that requires the flight crew to eat different entrees!

User currently offlineAnawat From United States of America, joined May 2001, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2523 times:

Must be nice to be SIA flight crew. Their food in first class is superb and a lot of variety too.

At least the flight crew don't get to drink Dom Perigeon
with their meal... blah... ha..  Smile/happy/getting dizzy at least not when they're on duty.


User currently offlineSouthern From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

While I was working as a pilot aboard Southern Australia Airlines (now QantasLink) Dash 8 service from MEL to CBR return, I was served a J class meal (from MEL to CBR), where as all the pax were given the normal Y class meals. On return we were given a whole bunch of nicknacks from peanuts to sweets! Plus free drink previlages!

User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2502 times:

Hey, tristar thanks for the info.

How often did you fly, were you an F/A or a cockpit crewmember?

If a passenger flies about once a month, is this an issue?

Sorry if this seems a bit OT for the other posters.




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User currently offlineTriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

Hi Csavel,

Since I'm (still) a F/A myself, you could say I fly practically on a daily basis. From a pax point of view, I would say the vegetarian lifestyle can be combined with flying, say, once a month, just perfectly.
Aside from the flying activities, you had better make sure you have a varried menu, though. However, getting into that would really be off topic, I'm afraid. Mind you, there are plenty of good resources on the Net that will provide you with lots of helfpful information on vegetarianism in general.

All the best and fly safely (and veggie Big grin),

TriStar.


User currently offlineIAHERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 677 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2466 times:

I can't speak for all U.S. carriers but Continental Express crews eat the same food as the PAX. The PAX normally have some sort of choice of breakfast bagels/cereal etc and the crew is given much of the same. The Captain can authorize free liquer for maintenance delays or really anything at all. Normally the crew meals are delivered by the catering truck but sometimes they come down the jetway seperate if the pax are not eating but crew meals were requested by the crew.



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User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

Flight crews(both cabin and cockpit) eat the same thing as the passengers usually. Pan Am used to increase the catering in first class to accomodate the number of crew members of board that particular day. For instance going to Tokyo we naturally had much more of a selection for the crew since we fed the passengers two meals and one snack going out of New York(the flight was scheduled for a non-stop 12 1/2 hrs.) than we would have had say on London(about 5 -51/2 hrs.).

As far as the pilots eating different meals goes, it really depended on the captain. If he insisted, then it happened, if not then it was whatever the three guys wanted.























User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3873 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

CALPilot, although there is no law stating this, carriers often provide their flight crews with meals that are different from what their passengers are eating. This is just a "play it safe" move, and the effects of what can happen when this doesn't occur is illustrated by the movie "Airplane".

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