Plane passenger requests vegetarian meal and gets this...

Apple and pear served with a knife and fork

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In-flight meals aren't exactly famous their gourmet appeal, but then again, it's probably quite difficult to rustle up a cordon-bleu feast at 39,000 feet.

Arguably it's often vegetarians who bear the brunt of these culinary shortcomings.

See also: The only two meals you should eat on a plane

Steve Hogarty found this out for himself on a recent flight when he asked for the vegetarian option .

Instead of, say, an actual hot meal - or even a lacklustre sandwich - Hogarty was handed something altogether more puzzling.

We can only hope he wasn't ravenously hungry...

Because two pieces of fruit probably aren't going to cut it.

"The vegetarian meal on this flight is an apple and a pear wrapped in clingfilm, served with a knife and fork," he wrote on Twitter.

Hoggarty, a journalist, was travelling with Colombian airline Avianca when this underwhelming fare was given to him.

While there's no denying pears and apples are good for us, they're not exactly going to satisfy you and fill you up in the same way a hot meal would.

On the plus-side, Avianca spotted Steve's tweet, and got back to him, writing:

North Korea's only airline serves ONE meal - it comes stone cold and it looks VERY unappetising

"Service is our priority, please let us know your flight date/number and also your contact information via DM.

"This is not our standard so we surely will investigate as soon as possible."

To be fair, it could have been a lot worse, one response to Steve's tweet read: "On a recent...flight I asked for a vegetarian meal and they told me they had none left, but kindly offered me chicken or beef as an alternative.

"I eventually got given some cheese."

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