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Southwest ignored the boy’s peanut allergy on the flight, causing serious response, family claims

A 9-year-old boy had a severe reaction to peanuts after the Southwest served them on the flight, despite the announcement of the kid’s allergy.

(Thanks To Chelsia Calvert)

A Texas family claims Southwest Airlines served peanuts on their flight, causing a severe reaction in their 9-year-old child, despite the warning from the airline of his life-threatening allergy in advance.

Chelsia and Derrick Calvert flew with their oldest son, Christian, from Atlanta back to their home in Houston Tuesday morning when the incident occurred, according to CPRC Click2Houston.

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They say that they notified the air carrier of the Christian class 6 allergy (the most severe) for peanuts for their flight, both when she made the booking and at the counter for the flight.

“We checked and made sure that she knew about the peanut allergy,” said Chelsia told CPRC. “It was also on his original ticket.”

But once they were on the flight, Chelsia said, things took a turn for the worse.

“She [facilitator] gave me some peanuts and then, as a mother, I actually just broke —” what do you mean?'” Calvert said. “How many have been distributed?”

The peanut dust in the air was life threatening Christian, so his mother had to administer EpiPen.

Christian’s father, Derrick, said they still had 45 minutes to go before the plane landed, and they were not sure what was going to happen.

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“And so, with his throat closing, making decisions, ‘OK, we do this, because this is life or death,'” Chelsia said.

Christian’s father, Derrick, said they still had 45 minutes to go before the plane landed, and they were not sure what was going to happen.

Christian was OK, and his parents are relieved, but they want answers from the airline, CPRC reports.

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Southwest states on its website that: “Southwest Airlines cannot guarantee a peanut-free or allergen-free flight. We have procedures in place to assist our Customers with severe allergies to peanut dust and will make every attempt not to serve packaged peanuts on the aircraft when our Customers alert us of their allergy to peanut dust.”

A spokesman for the south West said they have “follow-up with the appropriate Southwest of teams for the Calvert family on our flight yesterday. We have communicated our sincere apologies, and our customer service will continue to work directly with Mrs. Calvert.”

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

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