A more innocent time: when veg mental torture wasn’t a polite topic of conversation.
A vegetarian family from Surat, India was awarded a 118,000 rupee (about $2,680) settlement from Denmark’s SAS Scandinavian Airlines for “racial remarks, misbehavior and mental torture” inflicted on them when they requested veg airline food.
When I recently traveled to Europe, I requested vegan meals with United Airlines upon booking my flight; but both there and back, my meals “were [mysteriously] not boarded.” After some minor finagling, a flight attendant brought me one of the first-class “snack baskets” stuffed with three pounds of crazy Euro fruit; about a half hour later, a different flight attendant brought me a tomato and smoked tofu sandwich! It wasn’t a ‘sNice club or anything, but it tasted incredible in context. So I say risk the torture and demand to be served like other customers–the guy next to me got a “low fat/low sodium” meal with no problems. And if they’re jerks to you, file a complaint and win thousands of dollars. (And read the labels on those snack mixes because a lot of them are cheesy.)