About 30 minutes into the five-hour flight the cabin supervisor discovered that there had been a catering mix-up and that there were only 31 meals for the 104 passengers onboard.
It befell her to make the best of it and so she made the following nervous announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m so very sorry about this but it appears that there’s been a terrible mix-up prior to take-off by our airport catering service… I don’t know how this has happened but we’ve 104 passengers on board this evening and unfortunately, only 31 dinner meals… I truly apologise for this mistake and inconvenience…”
Cue loud and long muttering utterances from the 104 disgruntled airline commuters Stateside-bound.
However she eventually continued, “… To make up for this inconvenience, I’d just like to say that anyone kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat will receive unlimited free drinks for the duration of this five-hour flight.”
That seemed to calm them down and things became very quiet for the next 90 minutes or so until the even-more-nervous cabin supervisor came back on the tannoy with the following announcement: “If anyone would like to change their minds, we still have 31 dinners available”.