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A man found a tooth in his in-flight meal. File image. Picture: iStock/Getty ImagesSource:istock
As Bradley Button neared the end of the rice in his Singapore Airlines meal, there was a sickening crunch.
He spat out what was in his mouth and there it was — a tooth that was not his.
“I threw my guts up,” Mr 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.”
Mr Button was on his way home to Melbourne from Wellington aboard flight SQ248 on Tuesday after a short trip visiting a friend when the stomach-churning incident occurred.
“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,” he said.
Bradley Button chomped down on what he believes is a chipped tooth — that isn’t his own — on a Wellington to Melbourne flight. Picture: AAP/Bradley ButtonSource:AAP
“Then I was given a $75 voucher that I could only use on duty free in Singapore Airlines flights.”
Mr Button said he talked to the passenger next to him who also thought it was a chipped tooth and confirmed the story to AAP.
Mr Button took photos that show a small object resembling a molar tooth.
Singapore Airlines has apologised to Mr Button for the experience, and the object will be tested 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 spokesman said in a statement.
“We expect all of our meals to meet a consistently high standard and we are disappointed in this discovery.”
Singapore Airlines is testing the discovery to determine what it is. Picture: Bryan van der Beek/BloombergSource:Supplied
Mr Button’s horror experience comes after another man made a stomach-churning discovery of his own in his in-flight stew on an Air India flight.
Rohit Raj Singh Chauhan said he found a large cockroach in his sambhar, a lentil-based vegetable stew, on the flight from Bhopal to Mumbai on February 2.
A photo of the cockroach in the meal was shared on Twitter by another passenger, Manoj Khandekar.
Air India issued an apology for the incident, saying in a public statement: “We sincerely apologise for the incident where our valued passenger had a disappointing experience with the meal served on board our Bhopal-Mumbai flight.
“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.”