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Japan Airlines (JAL) is asking some travelers to skip meals on board their flights to reduce food wastage.
The airline call the passengers to make an “ethical choice” by skipping meals on board their night flights and sleep through meal service.
JAL representative said the “ethical choice” is to reduce food waste, not about cutting costs.
Japan Airlines says some people sleep through the meal service, resulting meals prepared in advanced go waste.
The “ethical choice” allows travellers forego their meals onboard ahead of time by going on JAL’s website or calling the airline once they’ve confirmed their flight reservation.
It was first implemented on a trial basis on flights between Bangkok and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on November 19, 2020. This five-and-a-half-hour flight is usually operated as a red-eye, leaving Bangkok at 10:40 PM and arriving at 5:40 AM the following morning.
In addition to the meal-skipping option, JAL recycles maintenance engineer uniforms into sound-insulating cotton fiber and has flight attendants use iPads in-flight to cut down on printing paper menus.
And this isn’t JAL’s only new initiative in 2020. In September, the airline dropped “ladies and gentlemen” and switched to more inclusive, gender-neutral greetings like “attention all passengers.”
“Food waste facts” website says, “There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone. One third of all food produced is lost or wasted –around 1.3 billion tonnes of food –costing the global economy close to $940 billion each year. One in nine people do not have enough food to eat, that’s 793 million people who are undernourished.”