Deadly Allergy Attacks at 30,000 Feet: Nuts are to Blame
Flying? Leave your mixed nuts at home. (Photo: Thinkstock)
There are plenty of things to be nervous about when flying – turbulence, claustrophobic close quarters – and now some can add the little snack package of nuts to that list.
In two separate incidents this month, young girls went into anaphylactic shock mid-air due to severe nut allergies.
In a terrifying incident this week, 4-year-old Fae Platten stopped breathing and had to be revived with a shot from an EpiPen at 30,000 feet after a nearby passenger opened a package of nuts — despite the flight crew’s repeated warnings that there was a young passenger with extremely sensitive allergies on board.
Earlier in the month another unidentified 4-year-old girl flying from Dublin to New Jersey on United airlines went into anaphylactic shock over the Atlantic Ocean after eating a cashew, causing an emergency landing. When the child and her family were set to fly home this week, United airlines reportedly refused to accommodate a nut-free flight home and kicked the girl off the flight.
Nut allergies can be deadly. Some people don’t even have to eat them to have a reaction. (Photo: Thinkstock)