You might say that Qantas has developed a case of the “swine flew.”
As a by-product of its partnership with Emirates — which was recently announced and effective as of March 31, 2013 — Qantas decided to remove pork food products from some of its flights.
Many people were so hot that they were bacon as a result and have gotten into a rind of sorts by posting a plethora of blatantly racist and religiously offensive commentary on the facebook and twitter accounts maintained by Qantas. The comments are being removed gradually, as Qantas could otherwise face legal action in accordance with the regulations set forth by the Advertising Standards Bureau, which states that a company is accountable and responsible for all content on its facebook Internet web site — similar to the responsibility in advertising by the company — including comments posted by readers.
Is the policy decision by Qantas to chop pork food products from certain flights between Australia and Europe simply because Dubai is a stopover a “pig in a poke” perceived by passengers — or is this topic simply a boar, as Qantas had already not served pork food products aboard aircraft on flights to Muslim destinations such as Jakarta?
I think it is rather sad that people have to ham it up and resort to religious and racial epithets to express how they feel about a policy they dislike. I eschew pork products in general — but even still, people cannot meat the dietary restrictions of people of the Muslim faith live without pork for 15 hours? Do passengers have a beef if Qantas refuses to serve hamburger and steak food products aboard its flights to India?
Perhaps they should launch a campaign of communications to Alan Joyce — the head cheese at Qantas — in order to express their dismay at this new pork-free policy on some flights. If they sausage advice from him, perhaps they will see this issue from a different perspective.
Well, let us look on the bright side — at least Qantas did not go whole hog and remove pork food products from all of its flights, as that would be sow, sow bad…
…and speaking of bad, I will now spare you from being ribbed by what I have written for this article…