A BRITISH tourist claims he was kicked off a flight after declaring he had a nut allergy.
Josh Silver, 25, was travelling on Turkish Airlines with his girlfriend when he was removed from the flight.
Events manager Josh, who was travelling with girlfriend Flavia Ivanaj, had informed the airline of his condition on the way out and been assured it was not a problem.
But he was horrified when the attendant returned to him shortly before take off and told him that he would have too leave the aircraft immediately.
Josh refused to leave the aircraft telling crew members that he had been told by their colleagues during the four hour flight out to Turkey that it was okay.
But the crew called armed Turkish police officers who boarded the aircraft and escorted him and his girlfriend off the plane on Friday, June 7.
Josh, from Waltham Abbey, Essex, said: “I feel discriminated against for having a medical problem, I hadn’t done anything illegal or intoxicated.”
Frequent flyer Josh told Turkish Airlines while checking in before his week holiday to Antalya that he had a severe nut allergy.
He said that the check-in desk told him that there was no problem with his non-airborne allergy and was given the all-clear to fly.
Josh’s allergy is not airborne, meaning he will not suffer an anaphylactic reaction unless he consumes a product containing nuts.
Josh, 25, said: “They were happy to let me on, and then they told me that they added it to their system. So I thought I was safe in their hands.”
“I will tell cabin crew when I walk on, then I will tell someone once I’m sat down. The air steward came back and told me that they would not take me home. I was really embarrassed.”
Josh said that he told staff that he was allowed to fly out by Turkish Airlines, and refused to leave his seat.
He said: “It really hit a few emotions, I started to cause a scene if I’m honest. I know that they flew me out. It kept going back and forth, between me, cabin crew and ground control staff.”
Turkish Airlines then called the police to escort Josh and Flavia off the plane.
Josh said: “The police put hands on my girlfriend and they removed us from the flight, they took out passports from us and kicked us off the flight.
“The entire ordeal was over in an hour, it was really overwhelming.
“My girlfriend was really stressed and upset by the whole thing, I told her to just stay on the flight and go home but she refused.”
Flavia said: “I was getting really stressed out because of the unknown.
“There were so many people dealing with the issue and the whole ordeal was really upsetting.”
Josh and Flavia made the decision to pay £550 to fly home with Pegasus Airlines instead.
The Turkish Airlines website currently states: “Be sure that you inform us of any allergies you may have for your in-flight meal.”
A spokesperson for the airline told the BBC: “In this case, our records show that no such information was provided by the passenger until they boarded the flight.
“Unfortunately it [was] too late for cabin crew to prepare for and take precautions against potential allergy attacks in advance.”
Earlier this year, two young boys were removed from a flight after one explained that he had a deadly nut allergy.
Travelling by themselves, they were forced to return to Seoul from Atlanta due to the risk.
Sun Online Travel has contacted Turkish Airlines for comment.