Jack Fowler says he almost died after allergic reaction on flight

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Jack Fowler has said he almost died following an allergic reaction on a flight to Dubai.

The Love Island star, 28, said in a post on Instagram, external, that he was taken to hospital after eating a chicken curry which contained nuts.

He said that he wasn’t given a menu to choose from, and that he had made his flight attendant aware of his nut allergy before eating. The BBC has contacted Emirates airline for comment.

“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,” he wrote.

The reality star posted videos of him injecting himself with an EpiPen, and a photo wearing an oxygen mask.

Fowler says he was rushed to a hospital in Dubai airport for treatment when the plane landed, after telling the flight supervisor that he feared he would die on the plane.

“My throat closed up and breathing became extremely difficult,” he wrote.

“I told a flight attendant I couldn’t breathe and [asked] if there was nuts in the food.”

He then alleges he was told again there were no nuts in the food, and it’s only when his friend saw the menu that they realised the curry contained cashews.

“This left me with the real possibility of dying on the plane as I knew I needed emergency treatment immediately,” he said.

“I was given five tanks of oxygen, as well as administering my EpiPen.

“I told the flight supervisor ‘If you don’t land this plane soon, I will die on this plane’. This then lead to the pilot speeding up the journey.”

Fowler ended his post asking airlines to take food allergies seriously.

“I hope all airlines and cabin crew who come across this post take note,” he said.

“We board your flights and trust the cabin crew to aid us in a safe flight. Take more care.”

It’s not the first time Fowler has suffered from an allergic reaction on a plane.

In 2023, he said he was served ice cream containing nuts while on a Qatar Airways flight.

At the time, a spokesperson for Qatar Airways said: “Passenger health and safety is of paramount importance to Qatar Airways and we require all passengers with severe food allergies to notify the airline no less than 48 hours in advance of flying with a completed medical information form (MEDIF) as instructed on our website.

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“The airline will work with the passenger to reduce the risk of contamination but as flights are public, an allergen-free environment is not guaranteed.”

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