What happens to left over meals?

Old Dec 13, 17, 1:36 am
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What happens to left over meals?

Sorry as i know this is a strange question. it originates from 4 of us travelling long haul in CW next week on a night flight all with special meal requests.

I can see potentially 2 from the 4 going to sleep and skipping/refusing the meal. So what happens to the hot dish once we land? Does it get thrown away?
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Old Dec 13, 17, 1:53 am
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Yes, all unused food is thrown away.
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Old Dec 13, 17, 1:57 am
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The loading policy will take a view on likely consumption, this is why "your first choice may not be available". I think BA run this quite close to the wire.
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Old Dec 13, 17, 2:07 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
The loading policy will take a view on likely consumption, this is why "your first choice may not be available". I think BA run this quite close to the wire.
Ah but these guys all have special meals. Should be a 1-to-1 ratio right?
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Old Dec 13, 17, 2:20 am
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
Yes, all unused food is thrown away.
We know this isn't true.

They are thrown into a big bowl and served as kedgeree to the passengers in steerage.
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Old Dec 13, 17, 2:31 am
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Originally Posted by MPH1980 View Post
Ah but these guys all have special meals. Should be a 1-to-1 ratio right?
good point!
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Old Dec 13, 17, 4:46 am
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I believe there's a chance that one of the crew might enjoy it, if the passenger didn't want it/was asleep and missed the meal service (crew still get meal options from what's left in J, no?). Better that than throwing it away.
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Old Dec 13, 17, 4:51 am
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The OP asked what happens to any food left over once the aircraft lands and the answer is it’s thrown away, any hot food left over after the meal service becomes the cabin crew food.
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Is it rude to ask for seconds?
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Old Dec 13, 17, 4:53 am
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No, never.
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Old Dec 13, 17, 4:58 am
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Reminds me on Openskies when I asked for a second helpings of their Laduree macarons 1.5h before landing, the CC gave me all as they were not even allowed to use it on the return flight...
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Old Dec 13, 17, 6:02 am
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I was in ET on a very lightly loaded flight into London on a Sunday evening and cabin crew came round proactively offering left over J meals. I’m guessing that would have simply be binned.
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Old Dec 13, 17, 6:14 am
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I seem to remember reading that many countries even prohibit recycling leftovers from international flights and the waste is sent to incineration (rather than entering the local waste circuit and ending up being recycled or dumped in a landfill)
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Old Dec 13, 17, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by KeaneJohn View Post
I was in ET on a very lightly loaded flight into London on a Sunday evening and cabin crew came round proactively offering left over J meals. Iím guessing that would have simply be binned.
Wow , now that is something ! Guessing CE was also not full ?
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Old Dec 13, 17, 7:44 am
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I seem to remember reading that many countries even prohibit recycling leftovers from international flights and the waste is sent to incineration (rather than entering the local waste circuit and ending up being recycled or dumped in a landfill)
This is true in the US. The trash, including all food, is in specially-marked bags and is destroyed as it does not pass through agricultural inspection.
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