03/22/2016 Several years ago on Delta, my family was traveling with my young son, who is severely allergic to peanuts. He is both contact and ingestion reactive, and was diagnosed at ten months old with the most severe reaction his allergist had ever seen in a child that young.
So naturally, when we fly, we ask to preboard to wipe his seat and area. I’ll never forget preboarding a flight and a man loading in business class directly behind us loudly announcing that he wished he had a kid who he could pretend was disabled and beat boarding business class, too. They just don’t get it. Fortunately, most people are kind and understanding. I should have turned around and educated him about how his invisible condition could cause him to stop breathing and I could lose my child in an instant, but I was embarrassed and remained silent. I won’t make that mistake again.