I was up in the middle of night scouring the internet for travel news for today’s daily 12 Things round-up when I came across an infuriating retweet. The tweet read:

“A friend got in touch. He writes: “I’ve just been on a BA flight where the entire aircraft was requested to not eat any peanut or nut-containing snacks because someone on board had a nut allergy.” Can this be right?“

The person who retweeted it, not who wrote it, is an excellent British aviation analyst named Alex Macheras. Alex rightly replied with:

1) This is very common at multiple airlines all over the world ✔️
2) Being considerate of others, including those with high chances of suffering a severe allergic reaction triggered by the dust of nuts in the confines of an aircraft cabin, is really not ‘outrageous’ or ‘woke.’

Is it me or does it amaze you how inconsiderate people have become? Seriously. Is it that difficult to go anywhere between 40 minutes and 18 hours without eating something with nuts?

Over a decade ago, I was on a short United flight and prior to takeoff, the flight attendants made the same serious announcement. I’m not exaggerating when I say that within ten minutes a guy across the aisle from me started eating a Snickers bar.

I snapped at him. I said, “Didn’t you hear the crew just ask everyone not to even open up something with nuts let alone eat it? Just the particles alone in the air could could cause a fatal allergic reaction.” He said something along the lines of, “But it’s just a Snickers Bar and I’m hungry.”

Since the life of a stranger wasn’t important to this selfish person, I tried to put it in terms he would understand. I explained to him that if the person has a reaction, we will probably end up returning to the airport or diverting to another one, which could take hours depending on the crews eligibility (they’re only allowed to work a certain amount of hours a day).

And this was just the person sitting next to me. Who knows what others were doing. Thank God the person didn’t have a reaction and need medical attention.

I realized then that if I had life threatening allergies like this poor person, I wouldn’t be flying because I couldn’t trust my fellow seatmates.

RELATED: Here are some tips when flying with someone that has a mild peanut allergy.



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4 Comments On "If the Flight Attendants Ask You, Then Please Don’t Eat This on a Plane"
  1. Benesse|

    I agree, totally selfish even sociopathic. Here’s how to nip it in the bud: The flight attendants need to announce before take-off that A. No nuts allowed on the plane and B. If someone does, and causes another passenger have a serious reaction they will be more than inconvenienced when we divert the plane and cause you untold wasted time and inconvenience. No compensation from the airline since you were warned.

  2. Dave Kodama|

    I totally agree that we should all cooperate and be considerate of the health of other passengers. But doesn’t this call into question the claims by airlines and aircraft manufacturers that the air filtration is adequately handling the COVID virus?

  3. Why is it that for years they gave gayleout peanuts on fli|

    Why is it that for years they gave out peanuts on flights and now suddenly no one can eat a peanut on board

  4. Gary Barnes|

    Announcements that explain the reasons behind the request are much more effective, and should be standard practice. Nut allergy is a pain for two friends who have it– alert all of the time.
    However, there should be no excuse for a person with such a high vulnerability (nut dust) to not have the self protection necessary when traveling (special mask?).
    To put oneself at risk and depend upon 100% cooperation by hundreds of strangers as well as kids…..to say nothing of maneuvering through airports, etc., sounds ridiculous….possibly bordering on criminally negligent.

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