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Flying Gluten Free: British Airways (Traveller Plus) Gluten Free Meals (Winter 2014)

As a infrequent leisure traveller, I have enjoyed the offerings from British Airways. They cater for many different allergens and on previous travels I have had my  British Airways  Traveller Plus Gluten Free meal,  British Airways Club World Gluten Free Meal and on the last holiday in Club World, so ordered my “Gluten Free” meal ahead of time.

Outbound BA LHR- JFK World Traveller Plus October 2014

Outbound BA WT+ Meal.

Outbound BA WT+ Meal.

Lunch is delivered.

Lunch is delivered.

Outbound Hot meal: Chicken with a sauce and vegetables.

Outbound Hot meal: Chicken with a sauce and vegetables.

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GLUTEN FREE Bread by BFREE.

GLUTEN FREE Bread by BFREE.

The cold spicy potato salad and the fruit salad.

The cold spicy potato salad and the fruit salad.

I don’t know if I’m odd but I always eat the hot food first, and then follow it with the salad! The meal was a large chicken piece with some vegetables (carrots, brocolli and new potatoes). Fortunately it came with a wet buttery sauce. This added some flavour and taste to the otherwise plain plane food. I did also add salt and pepper as it still tasted rather dull. The cold potato salad was mildly spiced and the bread roll was a good solid roll which kept it’s shape and body. The fruit salad was fine. From my previous experience of BA, whilst it is great to get GLUTEN FREE meal, it is a frustration that sufferers of multiple allergens are not catered for. (I always worry that they’ll serve me something with lactose or egg-yolks).
Before we landed into New York (JFK) they serve Afternoon Tea. Regular travellers tucked into a Chicken Cesar sandwich and a kit-kat chocolate bar but I was served a Smoked Salmon Sandwich with a box of raisins.

Afternoon Tea in WT+.

Afternoon Tea in WT+.

My Afternoon Tea sandwich.

My Afternoon Tea sandwich.

The sandwich was a good size with enough filling to make it tasty. The bread was good and solid and the “wet” filling was enjoyable. The box of raisins were fine.

 


BA Terminal 7 Airport Lounge (November 2014):

Before flying, it is always good (as a Silver-card holder) to visit the lounge. Being a major route across the transatlantic, the lounge is very large with plenty of space for seating and several options for dining. If you travel Club World, you are able to enjoy pre-flight dining in a separate dining room (not on this flight for me) but there were some options to try which were GLUTEN FREE:

In the lounge, I enjoyed some cheese and vegetable crudites and some crisps.

A selection of sandwiches (with wheat bread) on offer. In a separate fridge some nibbles (cheese, crackers and vegetable crudites).

A selection of sandwiches (with wheat bread) on offer. In a separate fridge some nibbles (cheese, crackers and vegetable crudites).

Some Potato Chips (Jalapeno and Original Recipe are both GLUTEN FREE). Unfortunately, the BBQ flavoured Chips contain malted barley flour.

Some Potato Chips (Jalapeno and Original Recipe are both GLUTEN FREE). Unfortunately, the BBQ flavoured Chips contain malted barley flour.

A selection of GLUTEN FREE  PopChips are available in Sea Salt and Barbeque) and GLUTEN FREE Tortilla Chips (Cheddar and Sweet Potato).

A selection of GLUTEN FREE PopChips are available in Sea Salt and Barbeque) and GLUTEN FREE Tortilla Chips (Cheddar and Sweet Potato).

Hot Minestrone Soup, some loose packed Candy and "instant noodle lunch" pots are  on offer (all with GLUTEN).

Hot Minestrone Soup, some loose packed Candy and “instant noodle lunch” pots are on offer (all with GLUTEN).

Snacking vegetable crudites, ranch sauce and GLUTEN FREE crackers.

Snacking vegetable crudites, ranch sauce and GLUTEN FREE crackers.

Fruit is also available which is GLUTEN FREE.

Fruit is also available which is GLUTEN FREE.

Since the last time I travelled through the BA Lounge, they have increased the GLUTEN FREE offerings. It is a shame that individual labeling on products is not completed (like the BA Lounges at Terminal 5, LHR).


 

Inbound BA JFK – LHR World Traveller Plus November 2014

On the return flight, after visiting the lounge, I boarded to be served a late dinner.

My Dinner Tray arrives.

My Dinner Tray arrives.

Special Label.

Special Label although I suspect that the meal is also the “bland meal” low calorie and low fat meal as well!

Very plain and very bland meal (chicken, and vegetables).

Very plain and very bland meal (chicken, and vegetables). Even with salt and pepper, there was very limited flavour or taste. 

What a disappointment that the meal is bland, plain, sterile and unappetizing: but then again, it is GLUTEN FREE so no travelling difficulties for me.

No bread products but rice cakes wrapped in cling-film.

No bread products but rice cakes wrapped in cling-film.

Standard dessert of cold fruit.

Standard dessert of cold fruit.

A light snack was provided before we landed in London (early the following morning).

Another pot of fruit!

Another pot of fruit!

From my previous experiences of flying, I am getting used to the “special” meals I am provided with, and whilst I have limited warmth and pleasure from the dishes served, I know that from a food-allergy perspective, they provide me with a meal which does not have any GLUTEN containing ingredients and /or risk of cross contamination.

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