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Old Mar 17, 19, 4:55 am
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Cherry tomatoes onboard


A bit of Sunday silliness but why not?

Following a second ‘trousergate’ incident on the same trip involving said item, I am thinking BA should reconsider the widespread use of cherry tomatoes in their lounge and onboard catering. The combination of their rolling , squirting and staining attributes make them a tricky customer onboard.

Anyone else got any thoughts, danger foods to add to the list or amusing clothing related incidents on BA to recount?

I used to have a zero tolerance approach to oily dressing on springy salad leaves but relaxed that recently with no harm done yet.
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Highly pressurised cherry tomatoes are lethal. Tumeric heavy curry comes close.
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Especially as the cooked tomatoes tend to have internal core temperatures indicating the presence of some sort of nuclear fusion
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Highly pressurised cherry tomatoes are lethal. ...
Of course, when BA included a toothpick in the cutlery roll, you could use it to carefully depressurise the tomato before attacking it with the provided blunt implements for eating.
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Old Mar 17, 19, 5:17 am
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Following a second ‘trousergate’ incident on the same trip involving said item, I am thinking BA should reconsider the widespread use of cherry tomatoes in their lounge and onboard catering. The combination of their rolling , squirting and staining attributes make them a tricky customer onboard.
A certain airline (long been defunct) with multi-coloured silly tie for their pilots had a habit of putting cherry tomatoes on their crew meal. The rumour had it that the patterns on their tie was so that the cherry tomato attacks wouldn't show up on them.

If I have a suspicion about the squirtiness of the cherry tomato and decide to eat it despite that, I uncouthly scoop it with a tea spoon and eat it whole during travels to avoid being squirted.

I find that the worst ones are actually the baked ones that BA sometimes serves up. They are extra squirty if they hadn't been pre-depressurised. Much more dangerous than uncooked ones.

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Yogurts in pots and those god awful little contact lens cases of milk (no idea what the technical term is)
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The offender today!

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The offender today!
I did say they're more dangerous baked than fresh!

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Yogurts in pots and those god awful little contact lens cases of milk (no idea what the technical term is)
Milk jiggers. They're pretty bad but the sachets can be even worse for squirting.
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Do you think I could argue for an opup on my flight to ORY tomorrow on health and safety grounds - i.e. so that I don't have to risk the cherry tomato with the ET breakfast?
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Superheated scrambled egg core too
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After my early years of flying and disembarking a flight looking like a walking Jackson Pollock picture, I now have a very slow and deliberate way of unpacking everything, covering myself up with the napkin as best as possible (discovered the button hole on the Qantas domestic J napkin earlier this month and used it to prevent any soup mishaps) and attacking everything very slowly. All packets get opened facing away from me. Any foil covering the meals gets lifted and twisted so the condensed steam drips back into the meal and not on me. Any meals that have any type of sauce, dressing or gravy require a deliberate hunch over the tray to avoid slops.

I find breakfast dishes, like the above, the worst offenders for the amount of fluid floating about the bottom of the plate. You might pick up a piece of bacon and a bit of fluid comes flying off as it makes it way to your mouth. Or a bit of sauce from the baked beans decides it doesn't want to go with the bean and does a kamikaze dive onto your white shirt. (Note to self, never travel in white again).
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tomato, and any sealed surface--deadly!
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Everyone should be given a bib! And for those in first class... a designer one to match their PJs
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Originally Posted by LTN Phobia View Post

If I have a suspicion about the squirtiness of the cherry tomato and decide to eat it despite that, I uncouthly scoop it with a tea spoon and eat it whole during travels to avoid being squirted.

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The 'teaspoon gobble" , or indeed for cold ones, finger lead "pop and chew" are established strategies for dealing with these notorious squirters.

Apparently sandwiching them between two side plates facing inwards and then slicing that way also can minimise collateral damage to your shirt.
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Originally Posted by dddc View Post
After my early years of flying and disembarking a flight looking like a walking Jackson Pollock picture, I now have a very slow and deliberate way of unpacking everything, covering myself up with the napkin as best as possible (discovered the button hole on the Qantas domestic J napkin earlier this month and used it to prevent any soup mishaps) and attacking everything very slowly. All packets get opened facing away from me. Any foil covering the meals gets lifted and twisted so the condensed steam drips back into the meal and not on me. Any meals that have any type of sauce, dressing or gravy require a deliberate hunch over the tray to avoid slops.

I find breakfast dishes, like the above, the worst offenders for the amount of fluid floating about the bottom of the plate. You might pick up a piece of bacon and a bit of fluid comes flying off as it makes it way to your mouth. Or a bit of sauce from the baked beans decides it doesn't want to go with the bean and does a kamikaze dive onto your white shirt. (Note to self, never travel in white again).
Eh, what's all that about baked beans? Never seen those feature in a BA breakfast, more's the pity. It got to the point on my old domestics out of T1 that I was smuggling a sachet of tomato ketchup on board to go with my sausage and bacon...
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