Flights can be forced to make emergency landings for a variety of reasons.
One reason, for example, can be due to someone with severe allergies on board. Bethenny Frankel, entrepreneur and star of Real Housewives of New York City learned this the hard way, though through no fault of her own.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Frankel wrote on Twitter about her ill-fated flight on Thursday that was forced to turn around due to her severe fish allergy (which has landed her in the hospital before).
In Frankel’s post, she wrote that she called the airline multiple times to tell them she had a fish allergy, but found out when she boarded that the flight was serving bass. To make matters worse, Frankel’s allergy is not only foodborne, but also airborne, so cooking fish alone could have set off a potentially deadly allergic reaction.
When Frankel told the crew of her allergy and asked that they not serve fish, she was told that it was impossible for them to honor her request. Instead, the plane returned to the airport.
“Then they were turning around which I protested [because] it would delay people. Cabin asked to not serve it & pilot made announcement to plane,” Frankel wrote.
She added, “The airlines and world needs to change. I was always self conscious about it & today didn’t help...I don’t care about the meal. Being trapped in a cabin [with] no windows w cooking fish is a death trap.”
Frankel did not disclose which airline she was flying with, but instead wrote that they “know who they are.” She also accused the pilot of “delightfully” announcing that Frankel ruined everyone’s night. It’s unclear as to how specific the announcement was.
Many airlines have eliminated some common allergy-exacerbating foods like peanuts from planes, but it seems some have yet to extend their policies to all airborne allergens. Hopefully Frankel was able to find herself a fish-free flight without much trouble.