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Ho Chi Mihn's revenge

VIETNAM | Friday, 25 April 2008 | Views [3493]

"Don't drink the ice!" We've all heard it before. But having spent 20 odd years travelling around Asia I have pretty much learned the hard way how to stay healthy and eating on the street is a breeze: Pho for breakfast, Da Chanah (iced lemonade), iced coffee, those gorgeous spring rolls and loads of seafood of every kind.

No problems at all. Enter Jetstar.

Right, yes, I know they have something of a reputation for shoddy service and leaving people stranded and it's uncomfortable, but hey, it's cheap so if you want to go, get with the game.

But they really should try a bit harder not to try to poison about a third of the Airbus A330 passengers on JQ8. My son ate the yoghurt supplied for breakfast ... and then had the good sense or good fortune to promptly throw it back up again, thus avoiding the fate of many of the other passengers.

Arriving in Sydney was almost comical, like something from the movie Airplane, with about 50 people dashing down the arrivals halls in search of a toilet, only to find them full of other passengers and then having to dash off to find another one, only to find it full, and so on.

No, it's wasn't pretty and was perhaps just a touch ironic given all the warnings you read about drinks with ice or local street food.

And the word from Jetstar? Not interested. "Just write a letter to Jetstar Customer Relationships". Er, what relationship? The only relationship I had after your flight home was with my toilet and bed. What are they thinking? That I want a refund on a lousy meal?

All I would like is someone to acknowledge they have/had an issue, investigate the source of the contamination and make sure it doesn't happen again.

But I guess that would cost too much.

(Worse still, try typing this into Google: "jetstar food poisoning". Mmmm ... looks like this isn't uncommon. Maybe avoid all food on this airline)

Tags: accident, beware, cheap airlines, food poisoning, jetstar, revenge, toilet


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