TL;DR – What’s up?
Not too long ago, United Airlines was in the news for forcing a passenger off a flight.
Here are some other airlines in the news lately.
BA flying high for a good cause
Safety videos are usually very boring. Most of us probably don’t bother watching them. But we are likely going to pay more attention to British Airway’s latest safety video. It brings together a star-studded cast, including Sir Ian McKellen, Gordon Ramsay, and even Mr Bean. But the video isn’t just the studded cast. It’s full of wry British humour.
The best part of the video, though, is right at the end. Because it’s not just a safety video. It’s also aiming to raise funds for the charity Comic Relief. British Airways chairman and CEO Alex Cruz said in a statement:
“We’ve worked with Comic Relief since 2010 and our customers have already helped us generate £16.5 million for great causes. We hope the new video will enable us to exceed our goal of raising £20 million by 2020.”
Passengers on BA flights will see this safety video starting from September.
Japanese airline lets man have final trip with wife
This story came from a tweet by @com_kamada:
The story was about an old man who was travelling to his hometown in Saga Prefecture, Kyushu to bring his wife’s ashes to her resting place. The couple had been living in Yokohama when his wife was still alive and they were together for more than 50 years. The container for his wife’s ashes was being kept in a large bag, and upon baggage check-in, he asked if it was okay to take it aboard. He was given the go-ahead.
He boarded he plane, went to his seat and placed the large bag in the overhead compartment. As he settled in, a flight attendant approached him and told him that the seat next to him is empty. She then took down the bag, placed it beside the man and secured it with the seatbelt. Later on, refreshments for two were also brought over. As a result of this simple gesture, the man and his wife were able to have one final trip together.
SIA to review serving of nuts
A boy travelling on an SIA flight suffered a severe allergic reaction. The boy is known to be allergic to nuts. But he didn’t eat any nuts on the flight. Instead, it happened when passengers around him opened packets of peanuts which had been served to them as a snack.
In response to this incident, SIA is reviewing the serving of nuts on board its flights. Some major airlines have stopped serving peanuts on board its flights. British Airways’ inflight meals do not contain peanuts, but said peanuts may be used as a snack in its airline lounges. Qantas has removed it as a bar snack on its flights and minimises the use of peanuts and peanut based products in its menus.
It sounds reasonable enough. However, not everyone thinks so. There have been comments online saying that it’s the parents responsibility to prevent the child from suffering an allergic reaction. They say that the boy should have worn a mask. Or taken other precautions.
The thing is, the parents have already taken as much precautions as they could. They were flying with epi-pens and antihistamines, which is what saved the kid’s life! But the thing about allergic reactions is that you can’t take medication ahead of time to prevent an allergic reaction to peanuts.
Also, even if you know that you have a food allergy, you don’t necessarily know how severe the reaction can be. Anaphylactic shock can happen the very first time someone tries a food. Or someone can have a mild first reaction, but react more severely the second time. And given that allergic reactions to nuts can be life-threatening, it’s best for someone with nut allergies to stay away from them completely.
Some people then went on to suggest that the people with nut allergies should just not fly instead of forcing all passengers not to have nuts. They say that people with nut allergies shouldn’t infringe on the rights of other, nut-loving people. Those people are essentially saying this:
“I won’t give up eating nuts for a few hours, not even if someone else’s life depends on it.”
Let’s hope that reason and compassion will eventually prevail.
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