WestJet has recently started offering flights 6 days a week from Vancouver, BC to London Gatwick. While this news is great for many, what passengers have found when they board the aircraft is that there is one “crucial” service missing from the 9-hour flight – food.
Passengers in WestJet’s economy seating are not served the normally offered 2 complimentary meals and instead have the option of purchasing food, bringing their own food, or sticking to the complimentary drinks and snacks that are still offered. Customers who pay premium to sit in the airline’s Plus seating receive the “complimentary” 2 meals; I put complimentary in quotations because, in reality, you are paying for the meals when you purchase your ticket.
Personally, I don’t see what the problem is. The public has roared that this should not be allowed, but seriously, what did you expect when you purchased the cheapest fair offered? Also – why the hell would you ever want to eat the airplane food? If every airline offered the option of purchasing a lower-cost ticket that did not include meals I would purchase it in a heart beat. Instead of eating the high-sodium, pre-packaged, microwaved meals, I can bring my own food that I will actually enjoy. Would you rather be served meals comparable to a prison OR would you rather save yourself some money, not pay for the meal, and instead bring your own stash of chocolate, sandwiches, and other food items that don’t make you want to die after eating?
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