Gluten-free travellers exhibit their best and misfortune practice with in-flight food

Gluten-free travellers exhibit their best and misfortune practice with in-flight food
Flight organisation didn’t know what gluten-free was (Picture: Getty)

There’s no bigger play than seeking for your food to be gluten-free when travelling on a plane.

You could finish adult with a sincerely pleasant, roughly succulent meal. Or we could finish adult with a singular banana.

I motionless to ask a few of a folk from a Coeliacs in a UK Facebook group  and a Gluten Free and Me Facebook organisation who were dauntless adequate to place their dietary mandate in a hands of their airline.

Here’s a good, a bad and a nauseous of gluten-free food during 40,000 feet.

Virgin Atlantic

Brian Tea: Virgin Atlantic have been terrible. Despite engagement GF dishes in advance, my mother had no dishes installed for her in possibly instruction when we visited a US final October.

Dorothy Kerr: we forgot about Virgin and determine they were good. Served me during a same time as hubby’s GF so we could sup together!

Virgin Atlantic said:

Gluten giveaway food is accessible on all a  flights, also in a Premium Economy cabin we have a consternation wall, that includes Gluten giveaway Snacks.

Our Customers can ask this adult to 48hrs in advance.

We are constantly reviewing and looking for new to marketplace options we can offer and bucket opposite all dietary meals, we modernise and refurbish a charity on a unchanging basement and conflict to patron feedback.

British Airways

Gluten-free travellers exhibit their best and misfortune practice with in-flight food
British Airways gluten-free meal (Picture: Simon Bowley-Cornwell)

Simon Bowley-Cornwell: This was my GF dish on a brief BA Club Europe moody a integrate of weeks ago. Mozzarella and tomato salad, GF roll, fruit salad, and hiss preserve – all good.

Helena Thomas: I was asked to ‘eat turn it’.

BA said:

We do all we can to safeguard business accept a suitable dish during their journey, and on longer flights, we offer a operation of 13 specially-prepared dishes for business with specific dietary requirements, including gluten giveaway options.

These are bookable on, giveaway of charge, during slightest 24 hours before departure.

Thomson Airways

Natalie Richardson: Flew with Thomson final month to Dominican Republic. The on moody GF food was amazing. Dinner duck roast. Then afternoon tea blueberry muffin and a cheese salad roll. And on [the] approach home was duck and fungus with rice and fruit salad, and afterwards breakfast was omelet, tomatoes and mushrooms. Very pleased.

Thomas Cook

Gluten-free travellers exhibit their best and misfortune practice with in-flight food
Gluten-free on Thomas Cook Airlines (Picture: Maia Hemingway-Wood O’Dell)

Maia Hemingway-Wood O’Dell: Thomas Cook was extraordinary on a prolonged transport flight! we had afternoon tea/snack form thing, bread rolls and a correct meal. Couldn’t suggest them rarely enough!

Air Transat

Holiday Ted: Air Transat gave me tiny play of spinach as had given my GF dish to someone else! we complained after yet never had any response. It was a inexpensive moody though.

Zara Charlotte Wells: It was Air Transat who gave me a banana as a dish once!

Air Transat said:

Air Transat takes a passengers’ needs severely and recently extended a operation of special dishes it offers.

On flights between a UK and Canada, a airline now provides a choice of 13 special meals, including a gluten-free option, that can be pre-ordered, giveaway of charge, adult to 72 hours before departure.

Qatar Airways

Sara Cantello: I flew to Bali with Qatar Airways and they were brilliant. They gave me correct prohibited dishes and they were improved than my other half’s normal meals.

Mandy Hill: I flew Qatar Airways in Jan to Travandrum, India and pre-ordered a gluten giveaway meals. The food was awful and no snacks. we was done intensely ill on a moody home. Not certain if it was a non gluten dish we got or cc. we would take something with you.

Etihad Airlines

Gluten-free travellers exhibit their best and misfortune practice with in-flight food
Gluten-free on Etihad Airlines (Picture: Riad Harrar)

Riad Harrar: I went with Etihad recently from Manchester to Trivandrum, India. The food was good we would say. we couldn’t have a snacks inbetween as it was biscuits and coffee yet instead they gave me business category snacks like almonds and cashew nuts.

Delta Airlines

Monika Ludewig Bradley: After large behind and onward emails with a VP of food use during Delta, we have fundamentally been told there would be no gluten and dairy giveaway dish for a 15 hour non stop to Australia.

YES they do have gluten free. And kosher. And Halal, and baby dish and kids dish and vegan yet can't seem to conduct GF and DF.

Delta said:

In total, we offer 14 sum special dishes for business with specific dietary, eremite or medical needs – full list of a dishes are here.

While we are always invariably evaluating a options formed on patron needs and feedback, we now usually offer a dairy giveaway and gluten giveaway option, yet not an choice that is both gluten and dairy giveaway to sequence as a special meal.

Air Canada

Gluten-free travellers exhibit their best and misfortune practice with in-flight food
Gluten-free food on Air Canada (Picture: Rachel Manley)

Rachel Manley: Air Canada flight! London to Calgary, we had zero outbound yet had a yoghurt inbound! That’s was all we had!

Air Canada said:

Customers on all of Air Canada’s general flights can order a special meal, including gluten-free to fit dietary or eremite needs adult to 24 hours before to departure.

Gluten-free meals, like a oven roasted duck breast with herb salsa served with rice, carrots and broccoli now served in Economy Class on a flights from London, are partial of a special dishes accessible for sequence adult to 24 hours before to departure.

On flights within North America, we make each bid to benefaction a accumulation of choices catering to opposite tastes and requirements, including a few gluten-free options offering in a Air Canada Cafe:

–      Odwalla mango tango smoothie (for breakfast)

–      Made Good organic chocolate banana granola minis

–      Made Good organic dim chocolate and cherry fruit bulb bar

–      Sabra guacamole with Tostitos Rolls tortilla chips

Here is a duplicate of a stream Air Canada Cafe menu where gluten-free options are clearly indicated. Please note that a yogurt is not noted as gluten-free.


Paul Murdock Spink: Monarch offer GF snacks and a hang on even brief transport flights.

Qantas Airlines

Rebeka Ann Kings: Qantas are a best airline for GF/DF onboard dishes we didn’t have an emanate during all and unequivocally accommodating!

Korean Airlines

Lakin Bronkar: Korean Air is good with GF meals. They work with one of their large hospitals to yield protected meals. we had chicken, potatoes, salad, rice cake, fruit for one meal. Fish, salad, rice cake, crushed potatoes, fruit for another meal. For a break we got a square of fruit.


Sarah Preston: Had a bad knowledge with KLM, moody organisation didn’t know what gluten giveaway was. Given bread, challenged it, was told it was gluten free, yet accurately a same as my husband’s!

Then given wheat crackers as an alternative, afterwards gave up. we would always take food on a craft only in case.

Emirates Airlines

Gluten-free travellers exhibit their best and misfortune practice with in-flight food
Gluten-free food on Emirates Airlines (Picture: Lauren Llewellyn)

Lauren Llewellyn: I have flown with Emirates London to Dubai and behind again and Singapore to Dubai. Meals were OK; sundry really. Had some kind of fish and rice on a initial one, utterly plain, it was OK though, and a hurl was nice.

Jess Standing: I had a good knowledge with Emirates Airline. we had 4 flights with them final month. Delicous food, we was gay with it.

United Airlines

Danielle Butler: Horrendous use with United where twice they ‘forgot’ and in my 9 hours we got given crackers… that weren’t GF.

United said:

We do all probable to support for a dietary mandate of a business and apologize that on this arise a use supposing did not accommodate a common standards.

The takeaway:

So there are a few things we can learn from this.

  1. Always pre-book your gluten giveaway dish in advance.
  2. A lot of airlines seem incompetent to mix dietary mandate for meals.
  3. Maybe cruise bringing your possess food, only in case.

The biggest startle for me is how airlines are incompetent to mix dietary requirements. Gluten-free and veggie? You’ll expected finish adult with beef or fish. Gluten-free and dairy free? we wouldn’t risk it.

Perhaps a best recommendation here is to take your possess food only in case. Happy holidays!

Metro has contacted Qatar Airways and KLM for comment.

Becky Excell is a London formed food/travel/lifestyle blogger. You can check out her gluten-free recipes, transport guides and vlogs over during

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