SunExpress flight attendant discovers snakehead in meal

A horrified flight attendant discovered a snakehead in his in-flight meal on a low-cost airline amid complaints from staff about moldy food.

The SunExpress cabin crew member recorded the horrifying discovery and shared it online, prompting an immediate response from the airline, The sun reports.

The attendant was on a flight from Ankara, Turkey, to Düsseldorf, Germany, on Thursday when they opened their lunch to find a snake head staring them straight in the eye.

Staff have previously complained of finding beetles and snails in their in-flight food, according to Gazette Duvar.

Local Turkish newspaper Bolge Gundem says the post led other workers to complain about poor meals they had received on the airline.

SunExpress – which is based in Antalya, Turkey, and flies across Europe and the Mediterranean – said the state of the food was “absolutely unacceptable”.

He said in a statement: “Our top priority is that the services we provide to our customers on board our aircraft are of the highest quality and that our customers and employees have a comfortable and safe flight experience.

“Allegations and sharing in the press regarding in-flight catering are absolutely unacceptable and a detailed investigation has been opened into this matter.

“Until the research process in question has been completed, all preventive measures and actions, including stopping the supply of the affected product, have been taken immediately.”

Sancak In-flight Services – which provides catering services to the airline – says the dishes are cooked at 280C and the incident could not have happened in their kitchen.

They said in a comment: “SunExpress Airlines is a valued customer in our country and a popular airline in Europe, which recently decided to further expand its fleet and route network.

“[They] again announced a tender for on-board catering services.

“We didn’t use any of the foreign bodies thought to be in the food during cooking (due to the technical and thermal conditions used in in-flight catering facilities).”

The company claims that none of the dishes are “made from food produced by our company”.

They claim the snakehead was added to the dish at a later date.

SunExpress is jointly owned by Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa and was established in 1989.

The airline flies to more than 90 destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa and has 5,000 employees.

The Sun Online has reached out to Sancak Inflight and SunExpress for comment.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission

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