Airborne less than 30 minutes on an outbound evening flight, the "A" stew - lead flight attendant - for the cabin crew nervously made the following painful announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so very sorry but it appears that there has been a terrible last minute error by our airport catering service. I don't know how this has happened but we have 103 passengers on board and, unfortunately, only 40 dinner meals. I truly apologise for this mistake and inconvenience."
When passenger muttering had died down, she continued, "Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat will receive free, unlimited drinks for the duration of our flight."
Her next announcement came 90 minutes later.
"If anyone would like to change their minds, we still have 40 dinners available.”