The last right on the flyer's bill of rights should probably be the right to complain about air travel.

We're all doing it already anyway. When your flight is late, or your seat is cramped, or your flight attendant is rude, a lot of us want to share the misery.

It's part of what you pay for when you buy your ticket, no matter what airline you're on. You know you'll have a receptive audience. Almost everyone has their own "worst time on a plane" story.

Here's mine, by the way. But after reading what allegedly happened to a passenger recently on Air India, however, you might want to reevaluate your own "worst story" a bit. 

Meet Rohit Raj Singh Chauhan, a passenger recently on a flight from Bhopal to Mumbai, who allegedly found one of the most disgusting things you'll ever hear about in his meal of "idli-vada-sambar."

Specifically: a cockroach. A dead one. (I guess that's better than a live one.) 

Worse, Chauhan says he got the brush off from flight attendants when he told them what he'd found. 

I informed the Air India crew, but they ignored me," Chauhan said. "Since the crew members were not listening, I returned it to them. I even objected to their serving food to others, but to no avail," he told The Times of India.

If you've ever wondered what it looks like when you find a dead cockroach in your airline meal, here are the photos, posted to social media, that got this whole story started.

As for Air India, it issued a statement:

We sincerely apologize for the incident in which our valued pax had a disappointing experience with the meal served onboard our Bhopal Mumbai flight. Air India always endeavours to ensure our pax enjoy our services. 

We have taken serious note of the incident and immediately issued a strong notice to the caterer concerned. 

Air India has a zero tolerance policy in this respect and have initiated corrective action internally. Our senior officials are in touch with the aggrieved passenger.

I do feel compelled to mention that cockroach milk is now supposedly a superfood, high in protein and other nutrients. But still, it's kind of gross -- and even if you do decide to start eating insects, you generally don't want to do so by mistake.

And of course to mention also that for all the complaints we make about U.S. carriers, I don't recall hearing about finding cockroaches in food.

I feel like I'd remember that. And maybe we all ought to take a second to remember that, too.

Published on: Feb 10, 2019
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