In recent weeks, Bethenny Frankel has survived a series of traumatic events related to her "rare" and potentially lethal fish allergy. After falling unconscious and being hospitalized in the ICU last month after accidentally ingesting fish, Bethenny was involved last week in a mid-air event that triggered fear and humiliation on a commercial flight: She boarded a plane and realized that the flight crew was serving fish despite calling ahead multiple times to confirm her safety. (The pilot publicly announced he was prepared to turn the plane around, but ultimately did not.)
Now, The Real Housewives of New York City humanitarian has a new mission to engage with the airline business to enact change that stands to protect future travelers with potentially food allergies.
After the incident, Bethenny has been using her Twitter platform to raise awareness about food allergy dangers — including clarifying how they pose risks in environments like plane cabins.
In one tweet, she tagged various commercial airlines' corporate feeds and asked them to, "stop serving airborne allergens. I’ll stay on this until you do."
And it just might be Bethenny's high profile that could indeed lead to change.
"The good news," Bethenny wrote in response to a concerned fan on Twitter, "is that we now are shining a light on this & the airlines won’t be able to ignore it."
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