An Airline spokesman said it has responded by clearing its stock of cashews, which are only served in business class, and that it would change its Dubai-based supplier.
Speaking at a farmers’ event held in Hambantota on 10 September, President Sirisena said: “Returning from Kathmandu, I was served some cashews on board a SriLankan flight, but it was so bad even a dog wouldn’t eat it. I want to know who authorised the purchase of these nuts.”
This is not the first time that nuts served on an airline has prompted outrage.
In 2014, a South Korean heiress famously ordered a Korean Air plane back to its gate to eject a cabin crew member after she was served nuts still in their packet.