TWO Apprentice contestants on this year’s show claim they were left “shocked” when they were told to get off a flight due to their dangerous nut allergies.
Ryan-Mark Parsons, 19, and Pamela Laird, 29, were travelling with Finnair as part of a challenge on the TV show.
They were travelling from London to Helsinki with the rest of the cast and crew when the incident took place, according to the Independent.
They claim they both told the Finnair crew that they had nut allergies and asked if they could make an announcement to other travellers to refrain from eating or buying nuts on board.
However, crew not only told them it “wasn’t their policy” to do so, but the pilot then told them to “get off the plane” if they had an issue with it.
The production crew resorted to begging other passengers to avoid eating nuts – although one family “kicked up a fuss” and deliberately bought and ate nuts on the flight.
Ryan-Mark told the Independent: “I’m appalled at the policy adopted by Finnair with regards to their passengers travelling with a nut allergy.”
Pamela Laird added that Finnair needed to “understand the seriousness of the situation” and hoped others would be aware of their policy before they book a flight with them.
A Finnair spokesperson also told the Independent that they are “unable to guarantee” a nut-free environment due to their menus catering to Asian cuisine where nuts are frequently used.
They added that customers with nut allergies should take “necessary precautions for safe travel”.
Some airlines in the UK have changed their policies to help travellers with serious nut allergies.
EasyJet removed all nuts from their in-flight menus earlier this year.
Ryanair and British Airways will try to make announcements if warned ahead of time.
A number of airlines do not cater to travellers with nut allergies, however.
A young British teacher was forced to travel 26 hour by bus when she was kicked off a two hour flight in Buenos Aires for being allergic to nuts.
Another young woman had to sit in the plane toilet during a flight to Australia as crew “refused to stop serving almonds”.
Two kids were sent back from Manila to Atlanta when crew could not let them fly after finding out about their allergies.
Sun Online Travel contacted Finnair for additional comment.