Globe and Mail
January 15, 2009
I think that airlines’ not caring about people’s allergies is very inconsiderate. People do not have allergies by choice. They are either born with them or develop them. Their reactions can not be controlled and can be very serious. An anaphylactic reaction is a severe, life-threatening systematic allergic reaction triggered by exposure to one or more antigens. When someone has an allergic reaction at 36 000 feet, little can be done to land at the nearest airport-miles away, and get to the hospital in time to treat it. One allergic reaction at such high altitudes should be enough to stop airlines from selling foods that trigger allergic reactions on board. But it hasn’t.
People with allergies do no have a choice whether they want them or not. Just like they cannot chose when or where they have an anaphylactic reaction. The fact that airlines continue to carry products that trigger these reactions is really just plain ignorant. Airlines are carrying products that could potentially kill someone, yet they continue to that it is necessary to keep the clients content with a snack that is life-threatening to some of the clients. Even though those “some” clients are a very small percentage, one life taken by this issue should be enough to stop providing these harmful products, but the tasty treats apparently come before a person’s life.
When someone has an allergic reaction that high in the air, it is very hard to receive the right treatment. A hospital is possibly miles away, and the time it takes to land the whole plane, get that one person off the plane and into the ambulance and to the hospital, is way too long for the reaction to e controlled. Plus, everyone else on the plane most likely has to be somewhere and the inconvenience that causes for them, I’m sure is not appreciated. So why is it so hard to replace these snack foods and avoid these major problems?
So my advice to the airlines, that continue to put people’s lives in danger, is STOP! I really don’t think that the snacks, that are potentially life-threatening to some people, are completely necessary. So I think that these airlines should really save themselves problems and stop providing products that trigger anaphylactic reactions.