According to this article, Ryanair banned a man for life because he opened and ate a bag of nuts after evidently repeatedly being warned not to, as a young girl traveling on the same flight suffered from a severe nut allergy.
And on the Australian Frequent Flyer forums travelers discuss:
- How were the “warnings” administered? Were they PA announcements? Was he warned directly? Was he warned in a language he understood?
- Who is really responsible here – the man who opened the bag of nuts, or the parents of the severely allergic child?
- Is being banned for life from Ryanair even considered a punishment?
I don’t want to make light of this, and I sincerely hope the little girl is ok. But I have to admit to seeing some merit in opusman’s line of reasoning:
After reading the articles and the action took by the airline, it looks like the man knew exactly what he was doing. ~boomy
What he was doing was eating nuts. ~opusman
Would I have opened the bag of nuts? Well, I’m also allergic to nuts (not as severely as the young girl) so it’s highly unlikely I would ever find myself facing this issue. But hypothetically speaking, assuming I understood the warnings, I absolutely would not open the bag.
Still, as a nut allergy sufferer, I believe it is my responsibility to protect myself in-flight – and in general. I can’t expect the world to adjust to me.
And again to quote opusman:
Eating nuts is not illegal last time I looked.
Where do you fall on the whole nut allergy issue? Would you be annoyed if you had purchased a bag of nuts to tide you over for the flight, only to learn once onboard that you aren’t allowed to eat them? Are nut allergies themselves completely blown out of proportion?
Read the thread in its entirety: Nuts on board – a serious issue!