I have a long-haul flight with Scoot airline, and they have this weird rule:

Consumption of outside food and beverages is not allowed on board.

I've even read reports that Scoot flight attendants can actually ask passengers to put their food away.

I don't know what you think about this, but I'm going to bring some non-offensive sandwiches anyway. Now, what would be the worst-case scenario if a flight attendant asks me to hide my sandwich, but I disobey? I can't imagine any sensible way to prevent me from eating, given that I don't cause any distress to other passengers.

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    The worst case scenario usually is that the crew decide decide your insubordination constitutes interference with their responsibilities, or signifies someone who is a safety/security risk, and you are met by authorities when you land who threaten you with criminal or civil penalties. While I think it unlikely it would come to that over a sandwich, the airline could impose other sanctions, since you had agreed to follow all their rules when you bought the ticket. Besides, the flight attendant didn't invent the rule; register your disagreement to management and in the marketplace, not on board.
    – choster
    Oct 30, 2017 at 18:29
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    Or better still don't fly on an airline whose rules you don't like. Oct 30, 2017 at 18:54
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    @PatriciaShanahan you have a point, but better alternatives would cost me around $200 more (I need only one-way ticket, but with higher quality airlines I'd have to pay for RT). If necessary, for $200 I'd choose to starve for 11 hours anyway.
    – modular
    Oct 30, 2017 at 20:30
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    For some part of an 11 hour flight I would expect the cabin to be dark and I would eat at that time. I had never heard of unbundling food from the deal on long haul before, although it's common on short haul.
    – user16259
    Oct 30, 2017 at 21:08
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    Part of that $200 difference is that they are using food as a profit center, and get more profit if they limit people to their food. Oct 30, 2017 at 21:32

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In legal theory, disobeying instructions from cabin crew is a crime in most jurisdictions and you could theoretically be arrested.

In practice, and I say this having flown long-haul flights on Scoot a few times, the cabin crew is running around understaffed and has bigger things to worry about than inspecting whether your sandwich is authorised or not. If you're still worried, eat during meal service right after the trolley has passed you, potentially deploying additional camouflage by purchasing an officially approved drink to wash down your sandwich.


Just don't take a whole pile of McDonalds or KFC on board. At Changi even flights to Oz now don't get screened at the aircraft door. I've never been asked to put a sandwich away. Subway might be a little risky though. But this is how they get you in SE Asia which is pedantic about T&C's. Yes strictly legally you are disobeying a crew order. That's actually where they can get you. Doesn't matter if its about food or anything else. instructions are instructions. So they make it about food. Its a dirty and nasty money grabbing tactic that exploits these loopholes that the national laws of SEA countries inadvertently allow this to happen.

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