We were on a JetBlue flight (09/2018) that was flying from Boston to LA with our 6 year old peanut and tree nut allergic son. As per their policy, the flight attendant made a request to the row in front and behind us to please refrain from eating nut products as there was an allergic person nearby.
A couple, well into their 60s, across the aisle from us began to grumble that they had brought PBJ sandwiches and that was what they were going to eat. “Why can’t the allergic person just move?” they asked loudly. My husband turned and explained that the “person” was a 6 year old child, and he offered to buy them both any food items off the Jet Blue menu to make up for their PB&J sacrifice.
They emphatically refused, saying that they brought PB&J sandwiches and that was what they were going to eat. Thankfully, the flight attendant moved them up to the front of the plane. We were utterly dumbfounded that these people were unwilling to refrain from eating nuts for six hours. We were so grateful to JetBlue for handling the situation with grace and professionalism. We likely would have been fine as the couple was not sitting directly next to our child, but it was a shocking reminder that many people just don’t care about others. Our child was not aware of what was going down next too us, and we are also thankful for that, because he would have felt badly.
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