I do love pastrami…but I finally had the chance to try the infamous pastrami sandwich on American Airlines and am sorry to report it is still part of the “refreshed” first class meal service. I now understand why everyone hates it.
A Reincarnation Of The Pastrami Sandwich In American Airlines First Class
I was traveling from Los Angeles to Dallas, a flight of 1,235 miles. American Airlines has restored hot meals in first class on flights over 1,500 miles, but mainline flights between 900 and 1,500 miles which depart before 9:00pm receive a cold meal instead. When American Airlines announced it was refreshing its onboard meal service, it teased cold entrees like smoked salmon, fruit & cheese, or entrée salads.
My flight was operated by a Boeing 787-9 and I was seated in row 7, the last row of the premium cabin. Pre-reserving meals was not available on this flight and apparently will not be available in markets with cold meals (flights under 1,500 miles).
I forgot that American Airlines simply serves meals from front-to-back and does not prioritize preference by status (I still have Executive Platinum status on American for a few more weeks). By the time the flight attendant reached me, the Greek salads had all been claimed and the only meal left was a pastrami sandwich.
I was mildly amused at the opportunity, though I certainly would have ordered the salad had it still been available. No one in the front of the plane ordered the sandwich–I walked by a few moments later and everyone had the salad. Second, my seatmate through a hissy fit over the sandwich.
“I hate this. Why don’t you load enough salads?!”
He refused to eat.
Then the lady across from me, traveling with her mini “guide” dog, also got upset and said she would not even give that sandwich to her dog.
But I took one for the team and agreed to try the pastrami sandwich.
Oh my. It really was as bad as people said.
First off, it was mostly bread, with a huge thick roll on both the top and bottom. Worst of all, the bread was ice cold. Are you serious? There was some arugula and some type of spread over the turkey pastrami. And just so we would not forget, a big sticker confirmed what the sandwich was.
Thanks…but no thanks.
American Airlines, it’s time to finally retire this most atrocious sandwich.
American Airlines needs to get rid of this sandwich, NOW. At the very least, it needs to instruct flight attendants to heat this in the oven for 20-25 minutes, which I suspect would make it somewhat more edible if it has more supply to burn through.
To those griping that I should be thankful that I get a meal since coach class get nothing, I do remind you this is a travel blog focused on premium cabin travel…