On Thursday, Reality star Bethenny Frankel, entitled "Real Housewives of New York," shared on Twitter that when boarding a flight, she noted that the airline was serving fish, even though she had already called several times in advance to alert the airline to a life-threatening fish allergy. As a result, Frankel was publicly shouted and shamed because of his food allergy, an experience many may be concerned with food allergies.
According to Frankel's tweet, she was told that the airline could "not serve fish". The airline decided to reverse what Frankel protested because she did not want to get people to their destination. Their fellow passengers asked that the airline not serve the fish, so they can continue their flight. The airline agreed, but not before the pilot of the plane made an announcement under Frankel. She wrote on Twitter:
The airline called mult x to say I have a fish allergy. On and they serve bass. They could not serve it, they said. Then they turned around, which I objected to, because it would stop people. The cabin asked not to serve them, and the pilot made an announcement about the plane. That was fun.
Called the airline mult x to say that I have a fish allergy. On and they serve bass. They could not serve it, they said. Then they turned around, which I objected to, because it would stop people. The cabin asked not to serve them, and the pilot made an announcement about the plane. That was fun. #epilife
̵1; Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) January 3, 2019
There are eight common food allergens – milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat and soybeans. These allergens can cause people to get anaphylactic shock and even death when they receive an epiphen. Some of these allergens are also in the air, and even if they are not taken, they can put someone in anaphylactic shock.
It is common for people with a fish allergy to have a reaction when eaten, according to Allergic Living, to people who are sensitive to fish or shellfish, "to tiny, airborne, aerosolized proteins react when seafood is roasted, cooked or cooked. "
These reactions are not uncommon as people believe. On Wednesday, police reported that an eleven-year-old boy from Brooklyn, N.Y., had died of an allergic reaction from aerial particles of fish. In December, Frankel tweeted about her nearly fatal allergic reaction. She was unconscious for 15 minutes and spent two days in intensive care.
I have a rare fish allergy. So, I had soup, itchy and was unconscious for 15 minutes, then to ER & ICU for 2 days with a BP of 60/40. I could not speak, I thought I had a stroke and died and would have said if I were dead five minutes later 911 & EPI would have saved me. I'll never have a #pipen @newtonwellesley xo
– Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) December 18, 2018
Frankel have turned your airline becomes an opportunity people to clarify food allergies.
For clarification: Some allergens are transmitted through contact and air. Fish is one and is deadly. The more exposed you are, the more vulnerable you are. It is not an immunity where more exposure is less susceptible. It's the other way round. I've always kept it quiet, but now it's over.
– Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) January 3, 2019
However, not everyone has supported Frankel. Some criticized their experience and their fish allergy themselves, which caused the star to defend its position.
1) I called mult x 2) Fish cooked in airplane, NOT the same as restaurant.3), since its birth allergic to fish NOT shellfish 4) plane not bc cabin chosen 5) Pilot called me to the whole Airplane 6) Airlines should NOT service allergens in the air. & 7) Who wants to fish F in an airplane?
– Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) 4 January 2019
One of Frankel's criticisms is that she should not fly at all, so as not to bother others. Lianne Mandelbaum, a food allergy expert whose son has a life-threatening peanut allergy, told The Mighty it was ridiculous that Frankel should simply stop flying or fly in a private plane, an option that is not available to most travelers with food allergies.
"Flying can be a necessity for many people," Mandelbaum said. "There are so many reasons to fly, including medical care, business or military service." Mandelbaum added that people with food allergies like everyone else should go on holiday and have access to safe travel.
Mandelbaum explained the difference between food allergies on land and in the air, another common misconception Frankel faced with his experience. In short, food allergies are more dangerous on the plane because you have fewer options.
"They are trapped in a metal tube where you have no immediate access to medical care," Mandelbaum said. "In the air, you have no choice to get up and walk."
Not only is Frankel using her platform to alert people to food allergies, but she also advocates encouraging airlines to cease all airborne allergens serve. She added in a tweet, "I'll stick with it until you do it."
I ask for airlines @UnitedAirlines @AmericanAir @Delta @JetBlue @SouthwestAir  @ VirginAmerica etc. Stop serving airborne allergens. I'll stick with it until you do it. The one who initially refused and the pilot who called me on Sprecher knows it. Cabin supported me. Plane did not turn around.
– Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) January 4, 2019
In her own tweet, Mandelbaum emphasized that her fame in Frankel's case unleashed a difference in the airline's reaction to her fish allergy. Mandelbaum emphasized that there are no guidelines to protect anyone with food allergies in the air, and said that this must change.
TRUTH: This crew changed their mind because @Bethenny does not care about what she has – a life-threatening situation #foodallergy
There are NO guidelines to protect us in the air-
✈️ WEE NEEDS FAIR POLICIES EVENTS BY #AIRLINE INDUSTRY- End of History https://t.co/PozIOZJy1x[19659011(LiNoNutTraveler) January 4, 2019
" Food allergies are not a choice, "Mandelbaum said. She added that she was grateful. Frankel not only takes this as a personal experience, but stands for others who suffer from food allergies and commit to work until a fair policy is introduced.
Stand Up for Others
Let us use the impulse of @Bethenny to shed light on the struggles that the average person makes with flying #foodallergy and do it together
We deserve to fly safely and pursue fair politics pic.twitter.com/xNwkNOcoYE
– Lianne Mandelbaum (@NoNutTraveler) 4 January 2019
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