Singapore Airlines has apologized to a passenger after he claimed that he found a human tooth in his in-flight meal.
Passenger Bradley Button was nearing the end of his rice dish on Feb. 26 when he bit into a strange object while he was flying home to Melbourne, Australia from Wellington, New Zealand on flight SQ248. He spat it out of his mouth and found a tooth that wasn’t his.
“I threw my guts up,” Button told AAP. “For the rest of the flight I was not well, just the idea of having someone else’s body part in my food is not nice.”
Button said he was certain that it was someone else’s tooth but a flight attendant tried to convince him that it was instead a small rock.
“The flight attendant that attended to me was adamant that she needed to take it away for testing and was trying to tell me that it was a small rock when it was without a shadow of a doubt a tooth,” the airline passenger said.
He said he conferred with passengers next to him, who also agree that it looked like a chipped tooth, reported AAP. In the photo he took, the object resembled a part of a molar tooth.
The passenger bit into the tooth as he was eating his rice.
The airlines apologized to Button on Feb. 27, and said the object would be taken for testing in Melbourne.
“We are currently investigating this incident and have sent the object for analysis. Once the results of the analysis are known, we will determine what the most appropriate course of action to take is,” a spokesperson said in a statement, reported Today Online.
“We expect all of our meals to meet a consistently high standard and we are disappointed by this discovery.”
Button said he was given a $75 voucher to be used on duty-free in Singapore Airlines flights.
Other Scary Finds
In a similar incident earlier this month, a plane passenger flying on a domestic Air India flight to Mumbai claimed he discovered a large cockroach in his breakfast.
Rohit Raj Singh Chauhan told The Times of India that the offending object was found in his lentil-based vegetable stew.
“I informed the Air India crew, but they ignored me,“ he told the new website. “Since the crew members were not listening, I returned it to them.”
— Manoj Khandekar (@manojkhandekar) February 2, 2019
Air India has since apologized for the “disappointing experience.”
“Air India always endeavours to ensure our passengers enjoy our services. We have taken serious note of the incident and immediately issued a strong notice to the caterer concerned. Air India has a zero tolerance policy in this respect and have initiated corrective action internally. Our senior officials are in touch with the aggrieved passenger,” the statement read.
— Air India (@airindiain) February 4, 2019