I have a simple question.
Why can't Islam respect us?
Pigs can't fly - Qantas bans pork on in-flight menu to respect Islam
- Angela Saurine and Peter Holmes
- The Daily Telegraph
- April 05, 2013 12:00AM
QANTAS has removed pork from its in-flight menu on flights to and from Europe as a result of its partnership with Middle Eastern airline Emirates.
No food containing pork or pork products will be served on those flights - which now has a stopover in Dubai - because it is strictly forbidden in Islam and is considered "unholy".
All meals offered on the route in first, business and economy classes will also be prepared without alcohol in keeping with the Islamic religion. A note on the Qantas menus on flights in and out of Dubai states that the meals do not contain pork products or alcohol. The airline has also introduced a mezze plate offering traditional Middle Eastern fare in its upper classes and has Arabic translations after in-flight announcements.
A Qantas spokesman said the decision to remove pork, ham and other related food items had had minimal impact on its menu and it was still offering the same meal choices.
"Qantas in-flight catering often reflects the cultural and regional influences of the international destinations we fly to," he said.
In this case, Qantas has changed the rules for people who want to fly to Europe. Qantas has said that it will now be done via the Emir's city of Dubai. It's rubbish for Qantas to say that the inflight catering reflects the cultural and regional influences of its destinations - until last weekend, a flight to London was a flight from a free and tolerant western civilised country to a like country with similar traditions. Qantas interposed the Islamist element. Israelis are disadvantaged, Jews are disadvantaged, gay people, single women, people who like pork too!
I grew up with bacon and eggs in the morning. I couldn't begin to count the number of Qantas bacon and eggs breakfasts I've had. It's what I eat. Why do we have to change because of Islamic beliefs?