|Air India on Saturday denied reports of any passenger finding a lizard in meal on board a Delhi-London flight.|
An airline has said claims a lizard was found on a passenger's meal tray during a flight from India to London are 'false and baseless' after a photo emerged on social media.
Air India has strongly denied that the reptile was discovered on board the flight from Delhi on Thursday, despite a source claiming the passenger was heard screaming.
The photograph appears to show a lizard on a food tray, although it is not clear whether it is dead, alive, or even real.
The source said the passenger was upset and would lodge a complaint with the airline on landing.
However, an Air India statement released on Twitter read: '#Clarification #Denial #Air India would like to clarify that the news on Twitter & elsewhere regarding a "lizard in meal tray".
'On board AI 111 DEL-LHR of 11th June, is #false & #baseless.
'No such complaint has been received from any passenger on board the flight or at Air India office in LHR.'
Air India said it is now investigating the source of 'mischievous propaganda' while assuring people about their catering service.
'Reputed #5-star caterers will continue to delight pax with food that Air India is reputed for,' the airline added.
'We are denying any such incident,' an airline spokesman told news agency AFP on the condition of anonymity.
'One because we do not know the authenticity of the photograph and two... no passenger has lodged any such complaint.'
The state-run carrier, which has not reported an annual profit since 2007, has been hit by a string of technical glitches and other embarrassing incidents, including staff turning up late for flights.
In April, the airline made headlines when it had to ground two of its pilots after a fight erupted between the pair just before take-off.