4-Year-Old Almost Dies on Airplane When Passenger Opens Bag of Nuts


Parents, you will go to great lengths to protect your children and make sure they're healthy and safe. But sometimes, all it takes is one jerk who won't listen to precautions and the child's life is in danger. Take the scary story of 4-year-old Fae Platten, who was flying home after vacation. The little girl has a severe nut allergy, and despite warnings from crew and staff, one passenger opened a bag of peanuts on the airplane. The child had a severe allergic reaction and went into anaphylactic shock.

According to her mother, Fae began feeling sick just 20 minutes into the flight and later stopped breathing and lost consciousness. Luckily, with the help of some medically trained professionals on-board, the little girl was revived with an injection.

As for the passenger who opened the peanuts, even though he was warned multiple times of the child's allergies? Well, he's banned from the airline for the next two years. Serves him right and might even be a little light of a punishment.

But it just goes to show, parents: you can go the extra mile, bring necessary medications, alert the flight crew, make sure everyone's aware that this is a very serious allergy. But then one single jerk can put everything on the line because he just had to have peanuts.

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It's the epitome of selfishness. A severe food allergy is not a sensitivity or a mild annoyance. It's a serious, life-threatening allergy that strikes quickly and intensely. It's not something to joke around with or test.

In a world where about one in 25 children has a peanut allergy (it's the most common food allergy in the country), it's common enough that these precautions need to be taken seriously and shouldn't be compromised. Parents of kids like Fae aren't trying to make your life harder by asking you not to pack PB&J in your kid's lunch.

They're fighting for their kids' lives.

Parents of kids with allergies can't keep their kids locked in bubbles (though it'd be so much easier, wouldn't it?). On the other hand, they can try to institute these rules for different buildings and places, but the really scary part is that you can't make people follow them. It's a terrifying thought, but all it takes it that one idiot who thinks he's above it all in order to compromise a child's health.

Certainly something to think about when your kid's school sends home that "allergy rules" list, isn't it?

Do you have a child with a severe food allergy? What do you do to keep them safe?


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nonmember avatar viviana

Thankfully I do not have a child with any allergies. We are a family of peanut lovers and I can't begin to wrap my head around the selfishness of some people. I will GLADLY abstain from peanuts if it means keeping anyone safe, let alone a child. Life has a way of teaching people lessons, that person that opened that bag of peanuts after being warned will learn this lesson. Maybe one day he/she will have a child or grandchild with a peanut allergy. Be kind.

Carme... Carmen8706

Maybe the airline shouldn't have provided peanuts in the first place? Or did this person bring peanuts on the plane? Either way, yeah, they sound pretty insensitive and selfish.

sandc... sandcastlelove

Apparently, this guy brought the peanuts on the plane himself. (According to other sites with this story, I mean.)

Erin Thomson

How far do we have to go?  First, it's no peanuts, and then no milk products, and then no eggs or other nuts... It will go on and on.  

Maybe the family should have found another method of transportation.

Unless the plane was super cleaned ( and I mean professionally!!) I am positive there was peanut residue somewhere.  Think of how many peanuts are dropped in the seat cracks, or get ground into the floor, or how many people unknowingly touch the arm rests when their fingers might have peanut dust still on them.

This family must have been crazy to take a peanut allergy person on a plane!!

Einyn Einyn

I see both sides. Erin made a good point though. The planes aren't thoroughly cleaned in between flights that day. What if someone had dropped some beforehand?

Starf... Starfire1400

Maybe the parents wipe down their seats - maybe the only significant threat is the recycled air in a plane.  Who knows what precautions the parents take in their immediate area.  The problem was the idiot who disregarded the numerous instructions he received from the crew.  What kind of moron do you have to be to be told a certain action is life threatening to a child... and you do it anyway?

Torra... TorranceMom

While I feel badly for children with severe food allergies and their families, I have to agree wholeheartedly with @Erin Thomson.  Imposing upon a plane full of strangers is presumptuous, self-centered and plain 'ol rude.  You got a kid with issues?  That sucks and I feel badly for you but figure it out.  The needs of the individual should never outweigh the needs of the group.

Xiemeneh Xiemeneh


SPOT ON as usual.  One of our kids has a pretty serious nut allergy.  His fault?  Nope!  But it's not anyone else's fault either.  We don't (and never will) attempt to force others around him to refrain from eating things that HE is allergic to.  Like you said, that's presumptuous, self-centered and plain 'ol rude.  

nonmember avatar Kristi

I agree with TorranceMom too, however what kind of douche would knowingly endanger the life of someone for a bag of nuts? A**hole.

Starf... Starfire1400

I don't have any allergies or kids with any - but the needs of the group of passengers on a plane to eat peanuts doesn't outweigh the need of a child to live.  A mother attacking a stranger in a park for eating peanuts - out of line...remove your kid from harm.  But in enclosed spaces - the ask is small given the consquences.  This child apparently has a severe, life threatening allergy and if the airline was willing to accomodate them by asking no nuts be served/eaten then that's the rule all passengers should have abided with.  If the airline said "we can't accomodate you" that's one thing - but that wasn't the situation here.

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