Japan Airline Has Ethical Option of Skipping Your Meal
In 2020 Japan Airlines launched a pilot program to combat food waste on select flights in Asia. Passengers can choose not to have a meal during their flight.
Now the “JAL Ethical Choice MealSkip Option” has become a permanent option on flight bookings worldwide, with the airline emphasizing its sustainability benefits.
One customer shared an email received from Japan Airlines, inviting them to cancel their meal so they could enjoy uninterrupted sleep during the flight.
“We would like to introduce to you a new service ‘JAL Ethical Choice MealSkip Option’, where you can cancel your meals during reservation to enjoy your sleep throughout the flight,” the email says.
Available in all cabins, this option needs to be registered 25 hours or more before your flight time, just like all other meal requests.
For every person who selects the “Meal Skip” option, JAL says it will also donate “a certain amount” to school meal programs for children in developing countries.
According to data from International Air Transport Association (IATA), passenger flights generate approximately six million tons of waste per year. 20% to 30% of that waste is caused by unconsumed food and drinks.
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And if you don’t skip it you are unethical? Who decides these things anyway.