Spoiled Food Forces Emergency Landing: Another Black Eye for Big Air?

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In another embarrassing incident for the airlines industry, a Delta flight bound for Amsterdam made an emergency landing in New York City due to spoiled food served onboard. Yes, you read that right – rotten grub caused hundreds of travelers to take an unscheduled detour through the five boroughs.

According to a sheepish Delta spokesperson, “Delta flight 136 from Detroit to Amsterdam [was] diverted to New York’s JFK early Wednesday morning after reports that a portion of the Main Cabin in-flight meal service were spoiled.” One can almost hear the cringe-worthy tone behind those words.

With 277 souls aboard, the plane took off from Detroit late Tuesday evening but didn’t get far before things went awry. Medical professionals stepped in, advising pilots to divert course and land ASAP. The Boeing bird touched down safely at JFK around 4 am, ending the ordeal for now-shaken fliers.

Once grounded, medics swarmed the tarmac to tend to anyone feeling queasy or worse (though exact numbers aren’t disclosed). Meanwhile, corporate suits scrambled to contain fallout by launching probes into this culinary catastrophe. A hasty apology followed:

“This is not the service Delta is known for and we sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in their travels.”

Translation? We messed up big time; sorry about your ruined travel plans! No word yet on exactly how many flyers got sickened stomachs nor details on the suspect menu item(s) responsible for this aerial alimentary disaster.