A 26-year-old Briton was ‘kicked off an American Airlines flight to New York because of her nut allergy’

A 26-year-old Briton, who suffers from a severe allergy, says she was kicked off the American Airlines flight from Heathrow to JFK because she demanded the whole plane be nut-free

  • Sophie Draper, 26, claims she was thrown off her flight due to a nut allergy
  • The Brit was flying American Airlines from Heathrow to JFK airport in New York
  • Draper was told first class passengers should be served free nuts
  • PhD student says she was kicked off the flight after protesting it










A British woman has claimed her severe nut allergy meant she was kicked off a flight after cabin crew members told her first-class passengers they should be served the free snacks .

Electrical engineer Sophie Draper, 26, had flown to New York’s JFK Airport from Heathrow in December – but alleges she was discriminated against and not allowed to board the plane with her boyfriend.

Ms Draper, who is also a PhD student at Durham University, claimed she was told by ‘outspoken’ American Airlines staff that they were ‘contractually obligated’ to serve mixed nuts in business class.

It was also not company policy to make an announcement about food allergies on board, she later claimed.

In a Twitter thread after her ordeal, Ms Draper described the company as a ‘dangerous airline for people with food allergies‘ and criticized its ‘heartless’ policy.

Electrical engineer Sophie Draper, 26, flew to New York’s JFK airport from Heathrow in December – but alleges she was discriminated against because of her nut allergy and was not allowed to board the plane

Ms Draper traveled to Heathrow with her boyfriend in December 2021 and told staff about her nut allergy.  She says her explanation was met with

Ms Draper traveled to Heathrow with her boyfriend in December 2021 and told staff about her nut allergy. She says her explanation was met with “confused looks” from American Airlines employees at the gate, who asked her if “it would be okay if the people around [her] could still eat nuts

Ms Draper traveled to Heathrow with her boyfriend in December 2021 and told staff about her nut allergy.

She says her explanation was met with “confused looks” from American Airlines employees at the gate, who asked her if “it would be okay if the people around [her] could still eat nuts.

After Ms Draper told them her severe allergy was airborne and she could suffer an adverse reaction, she alleges employees scoffed at the idea of ​​banning nuts from the plane.

One of them allegedly told him: “Well, they won’t stop serving nuts on the plane… I really doubt that will happen”.

When the couple raised their concerns with the flight’s chief cabin crew, they were told that American Airlines was “contractually obligated to serve hot mixed nuts in first class”.

Asked about a possible anaphlactic reaction on board, the cabin crew reportedly pointed to her boyfriend and replied, “He knows how to use your epi-pen, right?”

After Ms Draper told them her severe allergy was airborne and she could suffer an adverse reaction, she alleges employees scoffed at the idea of ​​banning nuts from the plane.

After Ms Draper told them her severe allergy was airborne and she could suffer an adverse reaction, she alleges employees scoffed at the idea of ​​banning nuts from the plane.

American Airlines has urged all passengers with allergies to take 'necessary medical precautions' before flying

American Airlines has urged all passengers with allergies to take ‘necessary medical precautions’ before flying

A spokesperson for American Airlines said: “Protecting the health and safety of those who travel with us is our priority, and it is essential to our goal of caring for our customers while they travel.

“We regret disappointing Ms. Draper and her travel companion on this trip, and our team has reached out to apologize and learn more about their experience.”

American Airlines does not serve peanuts in flight, but it also said it “cannot guarantee” that customers will not be exposed to nuts while traveling.

The company also urged all passengers with allergies to take “necessary medical precautions” before flying.

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