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Airline food kills someone… finally

December 2, 2011

AA Food

AA Food

The family of a man who died on board a flight to Miami in May has sued American Airlines and Sky Chef, the company that provided the in-flight meal, alleging that airplane food is what caused the passenger’s death. We are not a fan of airline food either and would sue them for lack of good taste.

On May 18, the man and his wife had flown on American from Barcelona, Spain, to JFK Airport in NYC. They lawsuit claims the food was infected by Clostridium perfringens, a common food poisoning bacteria that, according to the FDA, has caused a few deaths. During their transfer to the flight to Miami, the lawsuit says he felt “discomfort and pain that included sharp stomach cramps and sudden thirst and other clear outward manifestation of severe physical illness.”

The couple boarded the flight to Miami, but when he became unresponsive following a cardiac event, the plane made an emergency landing in Virginia, where the man was pronounced dead.

The man’s wife and daughter have sued for more than $1 million from the two companies. However, a rep for Sky Chefs tells CNN the caterers have absolutely nothing to do with this incident: “Based upon the allegations in the complaint it is not possible that Sky Chefs is the responsible party because we did not cater the Barcelona flight in question.”

Sky Chefs, which handles the food for 300 airlines, denies the allegation. They say that they didn’t even handle the food for that flight. We think Sky Chefs should be brought to the International Criminal Court for massive cruelty inflicted to passengers with alleged chickens in weird sauces, soggy salads, and unidentifiable gooey blobs made of sweeteners and unknown fluffy substances, which can be called “tiramisú”, “cheesecake” or “flan”, depending on the airline.

Family: In-flight meal killed flier [CNN]



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