Diabetic slams airline after being served the 'two most dangerous foods'
Just in case you wasn't aware, November is Diabetes Awareness Month, which is celebrated globally in order to raise awareness about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. However, it seems one airline didn't get the memo.
A Westjet passenger has recounted his entire "fightmare" on social media, where after sharing the "very dangerous" in-flight meal he was served with his 33,000+ Twitter followers, his story quickly went viral.
There are some things you just don't want to see on a flight... and this is one of them:
British music producer James Boyle - better known as DJ Breakage - says he had requested a "diabetic-friendly" meal on a Westjet flight from Canada to the UK, the Independent reports. However, what he received was a carbohydrate "speedball" in the form of mashed potatoes and potato wedges.
In a tween to the airline, Boyle wrote: "Dear @WestJet, I’m not one for being a diva, but when I have a diabetic meal request, the last thing I expect is this. Both legs of my return trip to Canada, the meals were literally solely based on carbohydrates & sugar, which are the two most dangerous foods to a diabetic."
In a subsequent tweet, Boyle shared a picture of the "meal", along with the caption: "I don’t know how it’s managed to happen and go unnoticed, but it’s really not cool and very dangerous. This particular meal earlier really took it too far though; potato wedges with mashed potatoes. Even not being diabetic, how is that a meal @WestJet"
Boyle is a Type 1 diabetic and said that he cannot process carbohydrates and sugar. He tweeted to the airline: "This can lead to coma, amputation, blindness and even death. You need to take this seriously."
The DJ also took the time to point out that it was Diabetes Awareness Month, and that the airline should really "do some research on the matter".
After the "dangerous" meal was brought to WestJet's attention, a representative for the company tweeted Boyle, saying: "We missed the mark earlier and we'd love the opportunity to look into this further. Can you please send us a direct message with your full name, six-letter reservation code and flight details?"
However, unimpressed with their response and a lack of apology, Boyle fired back at the airline, saying: "No. But how about an actual apology? Also, it’s not a one off as similar happened on both flights, with both meals that were served to me. Accept responsibility for your dangerous & thoughtless actions, learn from them and change accordingly."
Per the World Health Organization, the number of diabetes sufferers has increased from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in the past five years. The disease was the seventh leading cause of death in 2016.