Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Tehmina Haque's 4-year old son, Ryahn, is one of those kids who's allergic to peanuts. Now, she's suing American Airlines because they served peanuts on board her flight from New York to Los Angeles, even though the boy never had an allergic reaction.

Instead, her lawyer charges in the lawsuit, "For the entire flight ... plaintiff remained fearful, tense and anxious as she watched over her son's every breath and body twitch, concerned that at any moment her son could have an anaphylactic reaction while imprisoned 35,000 feet into the air,"

The woman alleges the airline promised they wouldn't serve peanuts, but they did anyhow.

American Airlines defends it's peanut policy, noting the disclaimer on the company's website: "Although we do not serve peanuts, we do serve other nut products and there may be trace elements of unspecified peanut ingredients, including peanut oils, in meal and snacks. It goes on to say, "We cannot guarantee customers will not be exposed to peanuts during flight and strongly encourage customers to take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure."

I'm no lawyer, but it seems to be, the airline covers its butt pretty well. Not only that, the kid never had a negative reaction to the peanut eating crowd around him.
He didn't twitch, he didn't break out in hives and he didn't die. They're essentially suing over the "fear factor." Does that mean I can sue because I have a fear of flying and for three-hours, I nervously sat there wondering if the plane was going to crash. Some people have a fear of clowns. Lord help us, if a guy in a clown outfit boards the plane.

These peanut people are over the top. You have choices. You don't have to fly. You don't have to take that airline. Some people are allergic to certain clothing fibers, some to colognes and perfumes, others to cats, which are often brought on board flights.

This lawsuit should be tossed out, as soon as it gets to the judge's desk.

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