Shiitake Ravioli from Emirates
If you are flying to a destination, it’s good to know how to order a vegan airline meal, if you are not taking your own food. The official code is VGML which stands for ‘vegan meal’ although you could order a fruit platter (FPML) or RVML (raw vegetable meal). Another option is VJML (for people of the Jain religion, which again is mostly just fruits and vegetables. Vegan meals are good to order anyway, as they are usually outsourced to specialist caterers, so taste better than conventional airline meals! Be sure to book vegan meals 24 hours in advance.
Ancho Three Bean Chili from Emirates
The quality of vegan meals differs between various airlines. Ones that are renowned for some of the best offerings include Emirates, Qantas and Virgin, although BA has been criticised for poor options and sometimes including dairy by mistake (which could be life-threatening for people with dairy allergies at 35,000 feet in the air).
Jetsair (Australia) has been called one of the most vegan-friendly airlines, and Cathay Pacific is also popular (it serves vegan pork onboard). Qatar Airways has an extensive vegan menu for business class travellers.
Boycott Airlines that Transport Wildlife
Also be aware of airlines to boycott that still take kidnapped wildlife from abroad, to use in vivisection labs. At time of writing, the two main airlines that still do this are Air France and Aeroflot. A recent investigation found that Ethopian airlines was transporting wild animals for the exotic pet trade.
Become a Flight Volunteer
Although it’s best to have pets adopted locally, in Thailand sometimes there are so many street dogs that this is difficult to do. If you fly regularly, you could become a flight volunteer which lets the charity Soi Dogs use your baggage allowance to take rescued dogs to new homes abroad, at no cost to them.