I have just returned from a holiday in Central America which was wonderful and I had very few problems eating gf food. But this post is not about the holiday it is about a big mistake made by the airlines on the food I was given.
We booked our holiday with a well-known tour company who advised the airline company I needed a GF meal on the 10 hour flight. Following advice and my own experiences I did bring a couple of meals but they leaked and I had to abandon them in the departure lounge. However, I was given a meal that I thought was GF along with a bread roll. There were various initials on the packaging that I didn't understand. Now I don't eat GF bread as I react to the ingredients so left it. The meal was a vegetable curry and I just ate a bit of it. When the second meal was given to me - another vegetarian dish - pasta and pesto - my husband noticed the warning on the packaging advising it contained gluten. So I took it to the cabin crew and explained there must be a mistake. Apparently there were no GF meals booked on the flight - I had eaten a vegetarian meal earlier which did not contain gluten but the bread roll I had fortunately not eaten was not GF. If I had eaten it I would not have been able to get off the plane.
The cabin crew were most apologetic about this - it was not their fault. The tour company were also apologetic and assured me they ordered a GF meal. However, the point is I ate the meal in good faith but someone made a very serious mistake which could have had disastrous consequences. I am taking this up with the airline but in the meantime would advise GF travellers to either bring their own food and make sure it doesn't leak! and if you have a GF meal check that it is exactly that!