Delta serves passengers vegetarian meals ‘out of an abundance of caution’ after spoiled food incident


The airline is likely to resume normal catering operations Friday.

ATLANTA — Passengers flying on international Delta flights Thursday went the healthier route in terms of food on board, and not by choice.

A Delta spokesperson confirmed that the Atlanta-based airline served a vegetarian, pasta-only option to Main Cabin customers on about 75 international Delta flights between Wednesday and Thursday. 

This comes days after a July 2 Delta flight, from Detroit to Amsterdam, that had to divert to New York’s Kennedy Airport Wednesday morning after “reports that a portion of the Main Cabin in-flight meal service were spoiled.”

A spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, said 14 of the plane’s 277 passengers as well as 10 crew members were treated by medical personnel when the flight landed. None of them required hospitalization. 

It was not clear how many people in total ate the spoiled food. Customers were rebooked out of JFK Wednesday to their final destinations. 

“Delta’s Food Safety team has engaged our suppliers to immediately isolate the product and launch a thorough investigation into the incident.,” a Delta spokesperson said in a prepared statement. “This is not the service Delta is known for and we sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in their travels.” 

As for meal catering moving forward, the airline is likely to resume normal operations Friday. 

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