Is this nuts?
A number of stories have popped up recently about people being kicked off planes for reasons ranging from drunken antics to speaking Arabic. Now one family is claiming they were removed from a flight because their two-year-old son is allergic to peanuts.
The incident took place on an Allegiant Air flight from Utah earlier this week. The parents claim that they informed the cabin crew of their son’s severe allergy and asked for peanuts not to be served in his immediate vicinity. While one flight attendant asked nearby passengers if they would be ok with that setup, another explained that the pilot had asked the family to leave the plane.
"My wife said, 'We're obviously flying on the plane, and we recognize the risks. We have an EpiPen with us,'" the child's father, Kyson Dana, told KSTU. They also took the precaution of wiping down the seats to reduce the risk, but were still asked to leave the flight after consulting a medical professional.
"The Dana family indicated to our flight crew that their son had a severe peanut allergy," Allegiant Air told CNN in an email statement. "The flight crew then contacted a third party organization that advises Allegiant and other carriers when making decisions about the safety of passengers with potential medical issues onboard an aircraft. The third party organization, which includes on-call medical doctors available to provide guidance, advised that the family not fly on that specific flight."
The airline provided the family with tickets on another airline and issued an apology to the family.