Two weeks after a couple of Delta Air Lines passengers claimed to have bitten into sandwiches containing sewing needles, with an additional four needles also discovered in that time period, an Air Canada passenger says there was a sewing needle in a prepackaged sandwich aboard a flight from Victoria, Canada to Toronto. Is there a busy sewer out there accidentally dropping his or her tools, or what?
“Safety is always our top priority so we are taking this matter very seriously,” an Air Canada spokesperson wrote in an email, according to the Toronto Star. “We immediately contacted the caterers that provision our flights, and a full investigation is under way.”
It’s unclear which catering company the airline works with, but the spokesman said the airline hadn’t had any other reports so far of similar incidents, and will cooperate with police as they investigate the matter. “We are working closely with our caterers to ensure heightened security measures have been put in place,” he added.
The six needles found aboard Delta flights two weeks ago were prepared by Gate Gourmet, which is one of the largest airline caterers out there. The Toronto Star points out that Gate Gourmet’s parent company owns a leading Canadian airline caterer, Cara Airline Solutions, as of 2010. At that time, one of Cara’s big customers was Air Canada.
I think I’ll stick with the free bag of pretzels from now on, just in case.
Needle found in sandwich served on Air Canada flight [Toronto Star]