Girl nearly died on flight after man ‘ignored requests’ to stop eating nuts

British Airways - REUTERS/Hannah McKay
British Airways – REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A teenager had an allergic reaction on a flight from Antigua to London after a passenger 10 rows away ate peanuts.

Poppy Jones, 14, blacked out and required oxygen and EpiPen shots on the eight-hour flight after a man appeared to ignore cabin crew announcements to stop eating nuts.

She was on a British Airways flight with her mother, Joanna Jones, when she went into anaphylactic shock.

Cabin crew appealed for a “doctor onboard” and a nurse responded, who was able to help stabilise Poppy and administer oxygen.

The pilot considered making an emergency landing, but the plane was able to continue to Gatwick where it was met by an ambulance.

‘I really thought she might die’

Ms Jones, 39, a carer from Tooting, south London, told MailOnline: “It was a nightmare for all of us and I really thought she might die.”

Ms Jones said that the crew had told passengers at the beginning of the flight about the nut allergy.

“As we took off I saw a man around 10 rows in front eating nuts,” she said.

“I was worried and asked if we could be moved but there was no availability and the crew asked him to stop eating the nuts, but he ignored the requests and carried on.”

Ms Jones said the pilot declared a medical emergency and a nurse onboard the flight helped by providing an oxygen mask.

When the plane landed in Gatwick her daughter was taken by ambulance to hospital.

A British Airways spokesman said: “The safety and welfare of our customers is always our priority, and we take the issue of allergens very seriously.

“Our crew cared for a customer who appeared to suffer an allergic reaction on board, and they arranged for paramedics to meet the aircraft.”

‘Horrible experience’

Ms Jones said it was a “horrible experience” that could have been avoided if the man had listened to the crew’s announcements.

“People seem to think this isn’t a serious issue but it is and the airlines should do more,” she said.

“They should make it illegal for people to eat nuts onboard a plane if someone is allergic to them.

“All the crew could do was ask him to stop eating them but he wouldn’t. He carried on and just didn’t seem to care that he was putting my daughter’s life at risk.”

Ms Jones had been on holiday in Antigua with her daughter, mother and two other children.

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