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)
In Fae’s case, her family, who were flying home to Dublin on Irish Ryanair when the incident occurred, said that the “incredibly selfish” passenger put little Fae’s life at risk, reported the Daily Mail.
Fae’s family had warned the crew of her strong allergy pre-flight, and they agreed not to sell peanuts during the trip and asked passengers not to open or eat any. Still, about 20 minutes into the trip, Fae’s face began to swell and blister when a man four rows away opened some nuts, according to the Daily Mail. Fae stopped breathing and passed out. Luckily, a fellow passenger was able to administer an adrenaline shot with Fae’s emergency EpiPen.
People with nut allergies often carry emergency EpiPens, which deliver a shot of adrenaline. (Photo: Thinkstock)