My Sister's Flight from Newark, NJ to Dublin, Ireland.... Kosher Lessons Learned
Some of this will be very obvious to the seasoned travelers...but this is meant for the infrequent traveler .
Here it is in a nutshell: Plan for the worst and have a lot of extra food, especially if are going to have a connecting flight that is not in the US, Canada or Israel. Do not assume that airlines have extra kosher meals on board if your flight get switched.
So my sister and her husband and their 4 boys (ages 8-11) are going to be in Dublin for at least the next 2 years (her husband's work).
They were supposed to go from the Newark, connect in Philadelphia and then go on to Dublin - this was on US Airways
The first part of the flight never happened and so they missed the connecting flight.
US Airways re booked them on a Lufthansa flight that had a 4-5 hour layover in Frankfurt Germany..
In short - Lufthansa did not have any kosher meals on either leg of the flight and there was no recognizable kosher food at the airport.
There was always a lot of fruit, but they thankfully had a lot of their own provisions.
That is all
(and lots of thanks to the Chabad of Dublin for bringing them dinner last night after I sent a worried-sister email)
Carry-on space is limited. The best light-weight back-up foods are granola bars and beef jerky. Frankly, I always take a meal of some kind with me, because the delays and canceled flights are so frequent and with the best will in the world airlines are unable to put your meal on a flight you were not expecting to be on. It reduces the stress a lot to take along something to eat. Even if its only a granola bar.