Sitting with her husband and four children on a Southwest Airlines flight this past March, Chelsia Calvert encountered many mothers worst nightmare.
As her family slept beside her, tired from attending a family wedding in South Carolina, she watched as flight attendants passed out bags of peanuts to fellow passengers in the rows ahead of her. Minutes later, her then-9-year-old son Christian began breaking out in hives.
Calverts son has life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, as well as a less severe allergy to shellfish. Prior to boarding her flight from Atlanta to Houston, Calvert had taken every step possible to protect her son: She made note of his allergy when booking her tickets, made follow-up calls to remind Southwest
of his allergy, and informed the on-ground and in-flight crew when she arrived at the airport.
They still made the mistake of handing out peanuts, Calvert said. It was the scariest thing I have ever experienced.
Soon after Christian began reacting, Calvert ...