I am a strict vegetarian and had specifically requested a AVML meal plan on the flight. The stewardess served me a meal packet which specified that the contents of the packet were in accordance to my request. I proceeded to commence dining. As soon as I had the first bite, I realized that the contents were clearly NOT vegetarian. I confirmed this with my fellow passenger who was seated besides me. Once that was done, I conveyed this to the stewardess and she offered to change me meal.
It seems to me that all the AVML meal packets were similarly contaminated.
I want to stress on the fact that I do not consume non-vegetarian fare as it is against my beliefs, religious and otherwise. I was left deeply disturbed by this event, and spent the rest of the journey in a state of unease. I did not create a big fuss
at that time, as I realized that the cabin crew was not at fault, and there was little they could do about it. When I sent a written complaint to Etihad, I got a response saying that they were sorry and that they would offer me 10000 miles as compensation. Now, I am really miffed that they think that this is anywhere close to adequate compensation. I was wondering what the general thoughts are regarding compensation for such huge blunders. For the record, this might not seem like a big deal to some people, but imagine a Kosher meal or a Muslim meal containing a piece of pork, and the ruckus it would create. This is exactly the same situation. Would 10000 miles be deemed suitable compensation?!