Raging BBC star 'kicked off flight' after telling passengers 'don't eat nuts'

Georgie described her fellow passengers as 'beautiful souls'
-Credit: (Image: Instagram/Georgie Palmer)

BBC presenter Georgie Palmer, 49, claims she and her family were booted off a flight to Turkey after she asked fellow passengers not to consume peanuts due to her daughter's severe allergy. The weather forecaster was set to travel from London Gatwick to Dalaman with her husband Nick Sollom, 48, and daughters Rosie, 12, and Annie, 14.

However, after informing the crew of Rosie's anaphylactic peanut allergy, she alleges they were unceremoniously "hoofed off the plane".

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Palmer says she made a polite request to other passengers to refrain from eating nuts on the flight, which was passed along row by row in a show of solidarity. However, when the captain learned of her daughter's allergy, he refused to fly with the family onboard, leading to a confrontation.

Recounting the incident, Palmer said: "We gently asked the passengers at the front of the plane to share our request, and, row by row, as swift as a carefully crafted toppling domino trail, all the passengers turned back to kindly ask the row behind to please not eat nuts on the flight. It was calm, earnest and with an overwhelming sense of solidarity and empathy."

"There's no beef with simple asks like these. People get it! The hand holding, tears and emotion from the passengers as we were hoofed off the plane after the angry little captain shouted at us from the cockpit.", reports the Mirror.

Speaking to the Mail, she criticised SunExpress airline for what she called "disgusting" treatment, stating "How we were treated was disgusting. The captain decided because of my daughter's allergy he didn't want to fly with her on board.When he found out I had spoken to the other passengers he was screaming at me from the cockpit. He was so angry, the next thing I knew we were told to get off the plane."

Georgie and her family ended up flying with EasyJet to their holiday destination the following day and said the crew happily made several announcements asking passengers not to open packets of peanuts on board. However, she said they were forced to spend an extra £5,000 booking the additional flights, an airport hotel and other costs.

The presenter concluded: "Rosie is in a terrible state about this. It has ruined her holiday.We don't go away all the time, we maybe fly once a year and have never had problems with other airlines."

A spokesman for SunExpress said: 'We take the safety of our passengers very seriously. Shortly after boarding our flight from London Gatwick, the passenger raised a concern about one of his family group having a serious peanut allergy and requested an announcement to other passengers.

"We refrain from making these kinds of announcements as, like many other airlines, we cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment on our flights, nor prevent other passengers from bringing food items containing allergens on board."

"Due to the insistent behaviour of the passenger to others on board that they should not consume nuts, the captain decided it would be safest if the family did not travel on our flight."

"When this was explained to the passenger, he did exhibit aggressive behaviour towards our crew members, and tried to gain access to the cockpit."

"To ensure the safety of our crew and our passengers on board, we cannot tolerate aggressive and unruly behaviour on our flights. 'Additionally, our website states that passengers must notify us 48 hours in advance of any special care required due to a medical condition and no such notification was received from the passengers in this instance."

Admitting that the situation was "upsetting" for the family, the company said it was using the incident as an opportunity to review the information provided during its booking process for passengers with allergies.

However, in response to the statement from SunExpress, Mr Sollom expressed his frustration at the decision to cut short the family's holiday before it had even begun, insisting: "at no point did I behave aggressively towards any of the crew".