People are going nuts over British Airways nut-free policy to avoid harsh passenger backlash
People reacted in horror and disgust after British Airways asked passengers on a recent flight to avoid eating snacks containing peanuts or nuts, as another passenger on the same flight had a severe allergic reaction and allegedly may have suffered severe and life-threatening anaphylactic shock. .
Colin Brazier, presenter of Britain’s new right-wing news channel GBN, took to Twitter to write about a friend who had just taken a British Airways flight and who had shared his experience of being told to avoid eating nuts by cabin crew.
âI was just on a BA flight where the entire plane was instructed not to eat any snacks containing peanuts or nuts because someone on board had a nut allergy. Brazier asked his audience, âCan this be true? The responses were amazing.
“It happened when I was on a flight,” replied one person. âI ate them anyway, small packages, besides, nothing serious happened.
âIf someone needs such a rarefied environment, they should surely book the whole cabin, if not travel by boat,â someone else replied. âYes, disturbing the world for a few. Take a boat the next time you can breathe the sea air, âwas another gruesome response.
But many others supported BA’s decision and pointed out that other airlines, including easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates, make similar announcements when a person with a severe nut allergy is on board.
British Airways has an extensive policy for passengers with severe nut allergies, which includes the offer to make an announcement to inform other passengers of the allergy. Passengers may also be advised to avoid eating snacks containing nuts.
But BA says it cannot “guarantee an allergen-free environment” and advises passengers with severe allergic reactions to seek advice from their doctor before boarding the plane. The airline advises passengers with severe allergies to carry an adrenaline auto-injector with them in case a reaction occurs on board any of its flights.
Passengers with severe allergies can also request to board first so that surfaces such as their bed and seat can be cleaned.
New food safety rules called Natasha’s Law came into force in the UK on Friday that require food retailers to provide full ingredient lists and allergen information for freshly prepared and prepackaged foods for the sale.
The law is named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who suffered from anaphylaxis and died after eating a baguette containing sesame. Natasha bought the wand from a Pret a Manger at Heathrow Airport without realizing it contained sesame.
She entered anaphylaxis on a British Airways flight and despite two EpiPen injections, she suffered cardiac arrest and died the same day.
British Airways in the face of criticism following a decision by the flight attendants not to use a defibrillator on Natasha because he was on the opposite end of the plane she was sitting on and the plane was only minutes from landing.
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