Food Allergies Are a Growing Public Health Concern, Not a Joke

December 1, 2014 8:51 PM

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How do I explain to my nine year old son the humor in recent articles listing the 8th-worst reason flying is awful; those jerks/a**holes whose nut allergies have ruined peanuts on planes for everybody? I have been told to just dismiss it, laugh it off; after all, it's meaningless. Of the top 99 reasons listed that make flying awful, the 8th-worst reason in the article published in Yahoo! and the Thrillist is not a joke to me because my son was born with a life-threatening peanut allergy.

It is not that the words are so offensive that makes it alarming. It is that these words came from a reporter and were approved by an editor from a mainstream media outlet. I ask you if you changed #8 by substituting a person in a wheelchair, or someone who is blind, autistic, deaf, has cerebral pal...

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