A 4-year-old girl suffered severe allergy attack at 30,000ft
after an airline passenger ignored repeated warnings not to eat peanuts.
Fae Platten stopped breathing and passed out on a holiday
flight after the man opened a packet of mixed nuts despite three warnings that
there was a child on board with critical allergy issues.
The girl was returning to the UK after her family holiday in
Tenerife. After boarding the flight, the crew of the Ryanair flight made three
separate proclamations stating the presence of three passengers, including the
little girl, who were allergic to nuts.
However, a person sitting a few rows behind Fae overlooked
the announcements and opened a packet of peanut snacks. The airconditioning in
the plane may have taken a nut particle to Fae, which suddenly resulted in
facial swelling and difficulty in breathing. Looking at Fae's worsening condition, her mother Katy took her to the front of the plane.
The crew made an emergency announcement
requesting a medical expert to come forward and help. Luckily, an ambulance
worker was present on the flight and helped revive Fae with the help of an
injection. Unluckily, the incident left Fae with a swollen tongue and blistered
Katy describes the terrible incident as a nightmare as she
was stuck in the flight and there was no way she could get more help. Katy says
that she was definitely angry with the fellow selfish passenger who ignored
announcements, but her priority was to ensure that Fae was okay.
Katy says that Fae was frightened with the entire episode
and is skeptical about traveling on a plane again. "Fae has said she never
wants to go on an aeroplane again after what happened but we've tried to
explain to her that she will miss out on some wonderful holidays if we don't
fly," says Katy.
Ryanair has recognized the passenger who ignored the
repetitive announcements. The passenger is said to be of Zimbabwean origin and
was travelling with his wife and two teenage children. The passenger says that
he did not speak good English and probably did not understand the peanut
allergy warnings made by the crew.
A Ryanair spokesperson said that the Zimbabwean
passenger has been banned from using any Ryanair flight for two years.