Emirates confirms reports of discontinuing ‘Hindu Meal’ option

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The Dubai-based airline company Emirates has confirmed media reports that it had decided to remove the option of Hindu Meal from its in-flight menu.

“As part of our continuous review of the products and services available to customers, Emirates can confirm that it will discontinue the Hindu meal option. We constantly review our offering, taking into consideration customer uptake and feedback. This helps us improve service efficiencies, ” the company said in its statement.

“Food and drink form an integral part of any Emirates flight experience and our menus are created by leading chefs to reflect the culture and preferences of Emirates’ diverse customer base. We have a wide variety of special meals that can be ordered in advance to cater to our customers with medical or religious dietary requirements, including our Hindu customers,” the airline said.

Indian travellers, however, can choose from the options of Vegetarian Jain Meal, Indian Vegetarian Meal, Kosher meal and Non-Beef non-vegetarian options, the statement added.

“Food and drink form an integral part of any Emirates flight experience and our menus are created by leading chefs to reflect the culture and preferences of Emirates’ diverse customer base. We have a wide variety of special meals that can be ordered in advance to cater to our customers with medical or religious dietary requirements, including our Hindu customers,” the airline was quoted by Khaleej Times.

The news has already triggered a debate on social media. One user asked, “What the hell is a Hindu meal??” Another user wrote, “Now where are libtards who cry of Hindus being intolerant. #BoycottEmirates Emirates will stop serving ‘Hindu meal’ on its flights.” “Will stop Hindu meal option but @emirates will continue Jain vegetarian meal. This can only mean one thing – it’s the word ‘Hindu’ they have objection to. Indians should #BoycottEmirates. @SingaporeAir not only has Hindu veg but also Hindu nonveg meal,” wrote another Twitetr user.

While stating its dietary policy, the Emirates website says, “We always aim to meet the dietary requirements of our passengers. That’s why all meals on Emirates-operated flights are Halal certified. And we also offer a selection of meals to suit special medical, dietary and religious requirements.”

The website also adds that children aged two to 12 will automatically receive a Child Meal and infants below two years of age will automatically receive a Baby Meal, unless otherwise specified. “A special request is required for Asian vegetarian or Western vegetarian children’s meals,” the website adds.

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