If you suffer from diabetes, making sure you eat the right food for your health is of the utmost importance. Find out how to order a diabetic meal for your flight here.
A diabetic meal is a meal that has been prepared for sufferers of diabetes. The meal should not contain sugars, syrups, jams, cakes or chocolate. The meal should not cause an increase in blood sugar levels for the passenger.
Any kind of special meal should be ordered at least 24 hours in advance of your flight. Please contact Alternative Airlines or the airline you are flying with directly to request a Diabetic Meal.
If you are concerned about the ingredients in your meal. Call the airline in advance to check what ingredients are used in your meal before you fly. Always bring additional food with you on the plane in case there is a problem with your order.
In order to make sure your blood sugar levels are well regulated, consider bringing your snacks on your flight. Check out our guide to bringing your own food on the plane, to make sure you comply with rules and regulations.
If something doesn't look right with your meal, don't hesitate to ask the cabin crew to double check that your meal does not have any ingredients that are high in sugar.
Although many airlines might ask you to reserve one or two days in advance, calling them as early as possible gives staff enough time to make sure that your diabetic meal is on your flight.
Once on board your flight, let the cabin crew know straight away that you are diabetic. In this way, they can let you know at what times meals will be served and are aware that you require a special meal.
Check which airlines offer kosher meals and find out how far in advance to order.
|AIRLINE NAME||DIABETIC MEAL (DBML)||MIN HOUR BEFORE FLIGHT
|Air New Zealand||x (select flights)||24|
|Air Tahiti Nui||-||-|
|All Nippon Airways||x||24|
|Hong Kong Airlines||x||24|
|Middle East Airlines (MEA)||x||at time of booking|
|Pakistan International Airlines||x||at time of booking|
|SAS Scandinavian Airlines||-||-|
|South African Airways||x||48|
|Sri Lankan Airlines||x||-|
|Swiss International Airlines||x||24|
Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Find out everything you need to know about meat-free meals with our pages on vegan and vegetarian airline food. Or visit our Religious Dietary Requirements or Allergy pages to find out which airlines cater to your diet. For information on other dietary requirements please click here. Please see our special meals page if you have any meal requirement and you may find what you're looking for.