Does anyone know of a vegan friendly restaurant in the Calgary airport? I'll be through there this month, not for long enough to leave the airport, yet long enough to have a sit down meal. I know subway is an option, they have good info on the website: http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/MenuNutrition/Nutrition/nutritionFAQs.aspx#CanadianFAQsIngredient I really would rather eat a whole meal, not just a sub or salad, as much as I like both!
Just made a trip from Georgia (Atlanta) to Boston and experienced the stricter security (which was actually not as strict as it had been recently amazingly enough). At any rate, it was quite an ordeal.
You can bring your own food to the airport and eat it, which is what my husband and I did (had a lovely picnic in the atrium waiting area), but you cannot go past security with it. They do have food on the concourses and you can take it to the gates to eat and I think even onto the planes but I doubt you would want to eat any of it. I've gotten to the point where I usually just plan to take my own food. So...if you have a 4-hour layover, perhaps you can find something to eat either in a nearby restaurant or to take back to the airport and eat before you go through security.
We flew AirTran and followed their instructions. I presume the instructions could be different for every airline.
I went to the Calgary International Airport website and looked up their food services: http://www.calgaryairport.com/guide/dsp_shop_new.cfm?show=Food%20and%20Beverage
There's subway which has a few veggy options. You could dig a little deeper... and see if the individual restaurants have online menus...
I'm a vegan and I fly international and domestic very frequently for my job and I admit this is a true challenge given the high threat of terrorism its tough to restrict everything from getting on a plane. I typically depart from Albany International Airport in Albany,NY they do allow up to 3oz of beverage or food in your carry on. There are NO size restrictions for the amount of food items in you checked luggage except how heavy you want your bags to be.
I went and purchased a seperate small bag I always pack my food in and when I check my baggage at the airport I ask the people at the counter to tag it to be off loaded at the airport I have my layover at. The inconvience is the bag will have to be re-checked before you go through the security check point but if you have a long layover the inconvience is less than trying to find something to eat especially in larger airports. Most airlines have honored this request and the only explaination needed is you have special dietary needs.
If you pack the bag with everything metered to 3 oz you'll be able to keep something out after re-checking bag and be able to get through the security check point with it. Conviently that is about what fits in those snack sized zip lock bags.
If you got to www.calgaryairport.com and look at the What is Allowed and What isn't Allowed it explains the restrictions. You can bring your own food in your carry on but in certain quantities and packaged in a 1 quart zip lock or similar bag.
If you need a large quantity of water bring what is allowed and call airline prior to deprture date and explain you dietary needs and have them have suffient quantity of water on board for. Make sure you board early and speak to an Attandant on the plane after boarding and let them know your seat and row numbers and ask if you purchase several extra bottles of water because you have a dietary need for it. Most likely they won't charge you but offering make the crew feel you value their assistance and don't just expect it.