Jack Fowler: Love Island star blasts Emirates after suffering 'almost-deadly' allergic reaction on Dubai flight

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A former Love Island contestant has revealed that he had a close call on a flight to Dubai after he suffered a severe allergic reaction.

Jack Fowler, 28, has blasted Emirates staff after he was served a chicken curry with cashew nuts in the recipe, despite making his severe nut allergy clear to staff. The 28-year-old told his followers that the reaction that followed could have cost him his life.

In a post on Instagram, he said: “Cant believe I’m having to post this. And I’m posting because people should be aware of the severity of how bad food allergies can be and the complete negligence from @emirates airline.” According to Jack, he spoke to Emirates staff before being offered food, telling the flight attendant of his nut allergy. He then explained that no menu was offered to him and he was only asked if he wanted chicken or fish, with the reality TV star opting for the chicken option.

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He added: “When I asked for the chicken I told the air-host that I’m severely allergic to all nuts. I was then told that there was no nuts in the chicken curry.

“When I received the meal I asked the same flight attendant again to make sure, and again was told that it does not have nuts included. Trusting my flight attendant I began to eat the chicken curry. Immediately my throat closed up and breathing became extremely difficult.”

In the Instagram post, Jack included a video of him having to inject himself with an EpiPen while on the flight. He said that after he began having a reaction to the nuts, he was again told by staff that there were no nuts in the meal. He said: “It was only when my friend demanded to see the food menu for the first time did I realise it was a ‘Creamy Cashew Nut chicken Curry’.” The severe reaction that followed left Jack having to use not only his EpiPen, but his five tanks of oxygen. He fired a warning to staff while in the middle of the flight, telling them: “If you don’t land this plane soon, I will die on this plane.”

The flight soon arrived at Dubai Airport, when the Love Island star was transferred to hospital for treatment. Jack has been left fuming by the incident, saying: “@emirates it is not good enough. I’m lucky to be able to have a platform to make as many people aware of your complete negligence. You are responsible for your passengers and their safety. Giving a passenger food which they’ve stated TWICE will cause extreme harm is unacceptable. “I hope all airlines and cabin crew who come across this post take note. We board your flights and trust the cabin crew to aid us in a safe flight. Take more care.” A spokesperson for Emirates said: “We are sorry to hear of Mr Fowler's experience and our teams on ground are providing him with all possible assistance. The safety and health of our customers is taken very seriously.

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“While Emirates aims to cater to customers with specific needs by offering a variety of special meals that cover medical, dietary, and religious requirements, we cannot guarantee a nut-free inflight environment. We urge travellers with dietary or other medical requirements to check our website and consult their doctor before travel.”

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