Frontier Flight Forced To Return To Airport Due To Overwhelming Odor In Cockpit, Reports Say

A Frontier Airlines flight that departed from Denver and was en route to Raleigh, North Carolina, had to turn back due to an odor reported in the cockpit, according to Denver International Airport officials per the NY Post.  The aircraft, an Airbus A321 operating as Frontier Flight 560, took off at 6:42 p.m. MDT and circled back to Denver after approximately 40 minutes into the flight. It landed safely at 7:10 p.m. and parked at the gate half an hour later.  The airport initially stated that the flight returned for medical reasons but later clarified that it was due to a mechanical issue. In air traffic control recordings, the pilot can be heard describing the odor as a contamination in the cabin, distinct from smoke. Frontier Airlines has released a statement regarding the incident. “Earlier this evening, shortly following takeoff from Denver International Airport, Flight 560 bound for Raleigh-Durham with 160 passengers on board, experienced a fume event which prompted the flight crew to return the aircraft to Denver and request support from emergency medical personnel as a matter of precaution,” the statement read. “A number of passengers and the flight crew were seen by EMS professionals at the gate. No reports of individuals requiring further medical treatment have been received.” The airline stated that they anticipated using a different aircraft to continue the flight later in the evening. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Airline Passenger With Nut Allergy Buy 48 Packs Of Peanuts To Ensure Safety On Flight, ‘I’ll Buy Them All So You Can’t Serve Them’

Leah Williams, a 27-year-old airline passenger with a severe nut allergy, took extreme measures to protect herself during a flight from Dusseldorf, Germany to London‘s Heathrow Airport, Insider reported.  Due to her vulnerability to anaphylactic shock, Williams had experienced a previous allergic reaction when a pack of peanuts was opened near her during a flight. Determined not to repeat the incident, she decided to purchase all available packs of peanuts on her return flight. “I said, ‘I’ll buy them all so you can’t serve them. I don’t care how much it is. If you’re not willing to help me this is the only thing I can do,’” she told Insider. Despite having received cooperation from the cabin crew on her earlier flight from London to Dusseldorf, who made an announcement and refrained from serving nuts, Williams faced resistance when she requested the same accommodations on her return flight. A flight attendant, seemingly dismissive of her concerns, refused to make an announcement, citing airline policy. Feeling frustrated and concerned for her safety, Williams made a bold choice. She decided to buy every pack of peanuts on the flight, preventing their distribution. The flight attendants counted the 48 packs to ensure the correct payment, which amounted to 168 euros (approximately $185). “The worst thing was they actually asked if I wanted to take the peanuts, and I said obviously not,” Williams said.  While many airlines choose not to serve or sell peanuts on flights, Eurowings, the airline Williams flew with, does not clarify its snack offerings on its website. It states that it cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment due to passengers’ ability to bring their own food onboard. Williams has since reached out to Eurowings, seeking a refund and urging the airline to reconsider its policy on selling peanuts. She has yet to receive a response. However, a Eurowings representative told Insider, “We are very sorry that the flight with us did not go as smoothly as desired and we regret any inconvenience this has caused Leah Williams.” #Clique, what are your thoughts?