MUMBAI: In a revolting incident that would spoil the appetite of Air India passengers, a lizard was found in the lunch tray of a passenger onboard its Delhi-London flight on Thursday.
The incident took place on Delhi-London flight AI 111 soon after it took off. “A passenger had asked for a special meal and so the flight attendant got his food tray from the galley. Soon after it was placed onto the tray, the passenger was heard screaming,” said a source. The lunch, which was wrapped in a cling film, had a lizard scurrying from under a burger. “It was a shocking incident. A number of passengers did not have their meal,” said a source.
The passenger concerned has filed a complaint with the airline. A comment from the airline spokesperson is awaited.
Said a cabin crew member: “For months now, we have been complaining to the airline management that the galley carts are not cleaned properly, but to no avail.”
There have been instances wherein cockroaches were found in the galley cart, the attendant added. The unfortunate incident comes at a time when the national carrier is battling a huge debt of over Rs 40000 crore and one of the consequences was delayed payment to its caterers. “For months together the caterers had supplied meals on credit to the Air India. It then becomes difficult for the airline to crack the whip,” said an airline official.