How do I explain to my nine year old son the humor in recent articles listing the 8th-worst reason flying is awful; those jerks/a**holes whose nut allergies have ruined peanuts on planes for everybody? I have been told to just dismiss it, laugh it off; after all, it’s meaningless. Of the top 99 reasons listed that make flying awful, the 8th-worst reason in the article published in Yahoo! and the Thrillist is not a joke to me because my son was born with a life-threatening peanut allergy.
It is not that the words are so offensive that makes it alarming. It is that these words came from a reporter and were approved by an editor from a mainstream media outlet. I ask you if you changed #8 by substituting a person in a wheelchair, or someone who is blind, autistic, deaf, has cerebral palsy, or any other person who needs extra assistance in flying, would we all dismiss these articles as harmless and meaningless then? Would the mainstream media even dare to publish such a horrific comment about someone with a visible disability? The world is a very dangerous place when statements like this are perpetuated and NO ONE says anything. We must not ignore or dismiss these comments as funny.