Jetstar Passenger Finds Beetle Larvae In Her In-Flight Meal

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on June 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

Much ado about nothing? has reported that 28-year-old Serena Chen of Yangebup in Western Australia found a beetle larvae in her inflight meal. She first reported it as a maggot, but Professor Ian Dadour, director of Forensic Entomologist Centre at University of Western Australia, confirmed it to be beetle (can you believe a forensic specialist got involved in this?).

What’s the big deal? It’s a delicacy in some parts of the world. [Image: Alaskan Dude / Flickr]

Ms. Chen immediately demanded a refund but was told by Jetstar staff that she had to apply for one online. After more persistence, however, she did get her money back right away. She decided to make a complaint to Jetstar headquarters when she returned home because she was concerned that more meals may have been contaminated.

The meal has been withdrawn from Jetstar’s menu, after which a spokesperson had this to say:

Obviously this is an incident which has to do with our caterers. It’s an isolated case…We are now working with suppliers to replace any rice batches and look through the production process to ensure this doesn’t happen again. The dish won’t be returned until they have gone through all that safety insurance work.

Professor Dadour had the last word in the insect fiasco, stating that, “It’s probably the best bit of protein in that meal.”

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