by: the Common Constitutionalist
Food allergies have been on the rise in recent years. Some reports show that as much as 10% of children in developed nations are affected. And peanut allergies seem to be the most prevalent.
Searching the Internet, one can find dozens of near death allergic reactions to peanuts – and a lot of these experiences center around airlines and the ubiquitous bag of complementary salty treats.
In August 2013, a woman and her son refused to board a United Airlines flight from Denver to Newark due to her nine-year-olds severe peanut allergy. It seems the agent at the gate told the mom that “the crew would not make an onboard announcement about Joshua’s allergy.”
The mother, Lianne Mandelbaum “had seen other passengers eating peanuts while waiting to board, and she concluded that the flight would be dangerous for Joshua.”
A few months later she launched a website, asking “that airlines ‘institute a bill of rights’ for food allergic passengers. Those rights would require airlines to create buffer zones, of at least three rows in front and three rows in back, of the row where an allergic passenger is seated. Airlines would not serve products containing nuts within the buffer zone. Also, flight crews would ask passengers in the zone to refrain from eating any products with nuts.”
Well that’s all fine and good, but then I found this. Just last week, on a Ryanair flight, “a group of passengers were converging menacingly on a Zimbabwean man they accused of trying to kill” a four-year-old girl. read more