Long Island Family Pushes For EpiPens On Planes After Mid-Flight Allergy Attack

A family vacation to Aruba turned into a nightmare on the way home when a 10-year-old Long Island boy suffered a severe allergic reaction mid-flight.

As CBS2′s Jennifer McLogan reported, Luca Ingrassia had no idea he was allergic to tree nuts when he and his family boarded the plane to fly home to Garden City.

“I had one cashew, and then my throat started to tickle and then my stomach started to hurt and then my chest started to hurt,” he told McLogan.

The airline staff had just handed out a mid-flight snack of mixed cashews, almonds and pistachios.

“We had a nurse on board. We were lucky that we had two passengers that had EpiPens. What are the odds of that?” said Francine.
The first auto-injector filled with epinephrine was defective.

The pilots considered an emergency landing when the second injection worked.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires all U.S. commercial airlines to carry defibrillators, known as AEDs, on passenger flights, with cabin crews trained to their use. But prior efforts mandating EpiPens on planes have stalled in Congress. Schools require them, but not airlines.

The International Air Transportation Association that represents 83 percent of airlines worldwide says for now, it’s up to each carrier. Only a handful stock EpiPens, while some have loose vials of epinephrine, which require a licensed medical professional.

By courtesy of Curt Lewis Associates

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