A 26-year-old British woman was removed from an American Airlines flight to New York due to a nut allergy.

A 26-year-old British woman was removed from an American Airlines flight to New York due to a nut allergy.

A 26-year-old British woman with severe allergies says she was kicked off an American Airlines flight from Heathrow to Kennedy because she demanded the entire plane be nut-free.

  • Sophie Draper, 26, claims she was taken off the flight due to a nut allergy.
  • The Briton flew American Airlines from Heathrow to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
  • Draper was told that first-class passengers should be given free nuts.
  • A graduate student says she was kicked off the flight after she protested.

The Briton said her severe nut allergy led to her being kicked off a flight after crew members said her first-class passengers were to be served free snacks.

Sophie Draper, 26, an electrical engineer, flew to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport from Heathrow in December but claims she was discriminated against and not allowed to board the plane with her boyfriend.

Ms Draper, who is also a research fellow at Durham University, said “stupid” American Airlines employees told her they were “contractually required” to serve mixed nuts in business class.

She also claimed that it was also not company policy to make food allergy announcements on board.

In a tweet after her ordeal, Ms. Draper described the company as “a dangerous airline for people with food allergies” and criticized their “heartless” policies.

Electrical engineer Sophie Draper, 26, flew to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport from Heathrow in December but claims she was discriminated against because of a nut allergy and was not allowed to board the plane.

Electrical engineer Sophie Draper, 26, flew to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport from Heathrow in December but claims she was discriminated against because of a nut allergy and was not allowed to board the plane.

Ms Draper traveled to Heathrow with her boyfriend in December 2021 and told the staff about her nut allergy.  She says her explanation was met with

Ms Draper traveled to Heathrow with her boyfriend in December 2021 and told the staff about her nut allergy. She says her explanation was met with “confused looks” from American Airlines employees at the boarding gate, who asked her “is it okay if people around [her] could still eat nuts

Ms Draper traveled to Heathrow with her boyfriend in December 2021 and told the staff about her nut allergy.

She says her explanation was met with “confused looks” from American Airlines employees at the boarding gate, who asked her “is it okay if people around [her] could still eat nuts.”

After Ms. Draper told them that her severe allergy was airborne and she could suffer adverse reactions, she claims the staff ridiculed the idea of ​​a ban on nuts on planes.

One of them allegedly told her, “Well, they won’t stop serving nuts on the plane… I highly doubt that will happen.”

When the couple expressed their concerns to the chief of flight attendants, they were told that American Airlines was “contractually obligated to serve hot nut mix in first class.”

When asking about a potential anaphylactic reaction on board, flight attendants allegedly pointed to her boyfriend and replied, “He knows how to use your epi-pen, right?”

After Ms. Draper told them that her severe allergy was airborne and she could suffer adverse reactions, she claims the staff ridiculed the idea of ​​a ban on nuts on planes.

After Ms. Draper told them that her severe allergy was airborne and she could suffer adverse reactions, she claims the staff ridiculed the idea of ​​a ban on nuts on planes.

American Airlines has urged all passengers with allergies to take

American Airlines has urged all passengers with allergies to take “necessary medical precautions” before flying.

An American Airlines spokesperson said: “Protecting the health and safety of those who fly with us is our priority and it is essential to our goal of taking care of our customers as they travel.”

“We are sorry to disappoint Ms. Draper and her travel companion during this trip and our team reached out to us to apologize and learn more about their experience.”

American Airlines does not serve peanuts in-flight, but also said it “cannot guarantee” that customers will not be exposed to the nut in-flight.

The company also urged all passengers with allergies to take “necessary medical precautions” before flying.

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