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American Airlines Restricts Its Vegetarian Meal Option

by Jeanne Yacoubou, MS

VRG Research Director

We recently received an email from a vegetarian couple who frequently flies on American Airlines business class. They expressed frustration about the lack of vegetarian meals served on most flights. They told us that they usually are served nothing at all and that “it has been close to a decade since we have received a veggie meal option from American. This includes international flights…”

The VRG contacted American for clarification of their vegetarian meal policy. Stephen Jeffery of Customer Relations at American told us that “we no longer offer the option of ordering a special meal in the first class cabin on all domestic non-transcontinental flights (special meals are still available in the first class and business class cabins on transcontinental flights) or in the coach cabin on all domestic flights and on flights to/from the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Latin America and Canada.”

Jeffery explained American’s policy in this manner: “This change in service resulted from an exhaustive competitive analysis of this particular complimentary amenity. The cost savings identified by this reduction in service are significant for us and will help us focus on those of our products and services better valued by our customers.”

Jeffery noted that special meals, including a vegetarian option, are still available on flights to Europe, Japan and some Latin American destinations. For more information, he suggested that readers visit:

When The VRG followed up with American Airlines on this subject on behalf of the vegetarians who said they were served nothing at all when their request for the vegetarian option was denied, Jeffery stated that “as long as there were sufficient meals aboard, the flight attendant would be more than happy to serve a regular meal in place of a special meal which had been requested but was not delivered.”

The VRG recommends that vegetarians request the vegetarian meal option every time they fly. More consumer interest and demand may result in a meal policy modification at American Airlines.


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1. 1 Bowl of Oatmeal with rasp/blueberries
2. 1 Bowl of cold cereal
3. Banana
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2. Handful of reduced fat wheat thins
1. 1 medium size salad w/spinach, carrots, string beans, tomatoes, cucumbers
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1. apple or tangerine or yogurt
1. 1 bowl of vegetable soup and spinach salad (again) or 1 bowl or rice with lean chicken, string beans, or broccoli
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Meals are. We have refrigerator oats almost every day (oats, liquid, yogurt mixed up and put in the refrigerator overnight to soak up then berries and honey in the morning) and probably 2 nights a week, we end up eating vegetarian. Not necessarily because it's vegetarian but because I found good recipes that are.
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(soak, simmer, add salt, and sometimes a fresh tomato)
- flour, sugar, cracked wheat, spaghetti, pasta
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- veggies for stir fry/steamed/raw (change every week, depending on what you find on sale).
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- Learn how to cook each single vegetable

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