Wed, Nov 15, 2006
Security Takes Medications At Checkpoint; Appear Later On
A Swedish woman is doing okay now,
after she went into allergic shock and lost consciousness for
nearly half an hour while on a recent flight from Paris to
Stockholm. Why did that happen? Turns out her medication was taken
away during a security check in France.
A travelling companion says Lidia Holsten's medicines were taken
from her by personnel who only spoke French... even after they told
airport personnel she suffered from severe asthma, and needed her
medication with her.
"We don’t speak the language and the airport staff refused
to speak anything other than French. They only pointed at a sign,
threw our things away in a bin and we did not know what happened to
them. Everything got very confused," said Karl-Erik Rapp, who was
travelling with Holmsten, to The Local newspaper.
The medicines, which Holmsten had placed in a box with her name
on it, were tossed in a bin.
Holmsten went into allergic shock on the plane. Oddly, when a
flight attendant alerted the pilots of the possible medical
emergency... she came back with an unmarked bag that had the
woman's antihistamines inside.
"I was shocked. The stewardesses were shocked and the passengers
alarmed. The pilot came to talk to us afterwards and told that he
had been ready to make an emergency landing," said Rapp.
Thankfully, this particular incident ended safely... and the
Swedish Civil Aviation Authority stressed it is a good idea to have
a doctor's note with you, if you're carrying medication of any kind
in your carry-on baggage.
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