Snake Head Found In SunExpress Flight Meal

Today is July 24, 2022 –it is not April 1. While this would be equally at home on the front page of any newspaper on April Fool’s Day, sadly, nothing about this story is a joke. Whatever the subsequent investigations discover, if anything at all, the outcome will be a bad one.

Is this Snakes on a Plane 2?

Multiple sources, including the UK’s Sun newspaper, reported yesterday that a SunExpress cabin crew member discovered a snake head in their inflight meal. Before this goes much further, here is a look at what was posted on Twitter, although what follows should be viewed with care:


The reports say that SunExpress issued this statement:

“It is our top priority that the services we provide to our guests on our aircraft are of the highest quality and that both our guests and employees have a comfortable and safe flight experience. The allegations and shares in the press regarding in-flight food service are absolutely unacceptable and a detailed investigation has been initiated on the subject. Until the research process in question is concluded, all preventative measures and actions, including stopping the supply of the relevant product, have been taken. “

SunExpress, formed in 1989, is co-owned by Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa and based in southwestern Turkey at Antalya Airport (AYT). According to, it has a fleet of 71 aircraft, dominated by 54 Boeing B737-800s And nine B737 MAX 8s. It also has wet-leased capacity of six Airbus A320-200s and two A330s. It took delivery of its first B737 MAX in December 2021, and Boeings Unfilled Orders for June show it has 33 more on order. SunExpress operates to more than 70 destinations in 24 countries, including routes to London, Dublin, Oslo, Paris, Tel Aviv, Riga, Berlin and Helsinki.

The airline is a fan of the 737 series. Photo: SunExpress

The catering company wants to prove it wasn’t them

The catering company involved is Sancak Inflight Services, who hit back at the online posts and comments with their own statement, reported on Turkey Posts English. Online reports say the flight was from Antalya to Düsseldorf, but company official Mesut Evliyaoglu said it was “the Antalya-Vienna plane. “He said:

“We asked for samples but we haven’t received any samples. We are a large company serving all domestic and foreign airlines since 1994. We have been providing catering services to SunExpress company since 2018. This is the first time we have encountered such an event. For the last month there has been talk about problems such as snails and insects and finally the snake went up to his head. “He continued:” We think this issue is not about us and our legal department is looking into this matter. We don’t think it is from us, but we are mentioned and we are very sorry. “

Sancak also said that the snake’s head could not have come from the company’s kitchen because meals are cooked at 280 degrees Celsius (around 536 ° Fahrenheit). We did not use any of the foreign objects that were supposedly in the food when cooking due to the technical and thermal conditions used in the in-flight catering facilities. “

Sources: The Sun, Turkey Posts English

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