Woman with life-threatening fish allergy able to go on holiday on Jet2 flight

A woman with a severe allergy can finally go on holiday after an airline agreed to create a "fish free environment" by taking tuna sandwiches off the in-flight menu.

Ann Precious, 66, has an airborne allergy which, unusually, means she could go into fatal anaphylactic shock without eating or even touching fish.

The carer was recently devastated when her planned holiday to Gran Canaria went up in flames after finding out airline Jet2 had put tuna on the menu.

Ann's condition is so severe that if she even just detects the scent of fish she will break into sweats and potentially go into fatal anaphylactic shock.

Her irate son Matthew Ascough, 33, says he made repeated attempts to have Jet2 change the on-board menu but was told there was nothing to be done.

However, after "weeks" of back and forth the firm have "finally" agreed to change the menu and make a passenger announcement that someone with a fish allergy is flying.

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Ann, from York, North Yorks., said she's glad she and Matthew will be able to travel to Spain on March 6, but added it "shouldn't have been this difficult".

She added: "It's incredible how sensitive my body is to fish, I just have to walk into a room and smell fish to start feeling the symptoms.

"Everything I do and everywhere I go has to be carefully planned to ensure I don't come into contact with fish, it makes life very difficult.

"But with that being said my allergy shouldn't mean I'm unable to go on holiday where and when I want to, the airline just needs to help."

Ann said she had travelled with Jet2, which has now done an apparent U-turn, a number of times in the past and that they had always been accommodating of her allergy.

A company spokesman said: "In line with our severe allergy policy, we have assured Mr Ascough that we will remove all products containing fish from sale on the flight.

"We will also make an announcement to make other customers aware that someone with a severe fish allergy is on board and to request any products containing fish are not eaten during the flight.

"We have been in touch with Mr Ascough to advise him of these steps."

Ann's fish allergy is all encompassing, which means she cannot come into contact with finned fish, such as tuna or salmon, or shellfish, like crab and lobster.

Early symptoms include a runny nose, itching, headaches and vomiting and, if untreated, the condition would develop into potentially fatal anaphylactic shock.

The 66-year-old's condition is so severe she cannot eat out, travel alone – or even step foot inside a supermarket for fear of falling ill.

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If she only detects the scent of fish Ann, who works as a carer, will feel her neck getting hot before breaking into a sweat and getting a tingly tongue.

The mum-of-one always carries an EpiPen, but if that were not applied following a reaction Ann would collapse unconscious, requiring urgent medical care.

Despite never ingesting fish Ann has been hospitalised as a result of her lifelong allergy around 25 times.

She said: "People would be very surprised about the number of products which contain fish.

"Odd things like soy sauce, mayonnaise and butter often include it as an ingredient.

"The slightest trace of fish in my vicinity can cause me to become unwell."

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Ann added: "Luckily I have never made a mistake and eaten it but if I did then the doctors say there is a good chance I wouldn't survive."

Only last year Ann felt the effects of her allergy after opening an oven at work which had been used to cook fish the previous evening.

She said: "I work at a care home and everyone knows when I'm there people can't be served fish.

"It's so serious I can't even go into work if someone had cooked fish the previous day, I will feel the effects of my allergy from just that."

In 2016 Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, died on a flight between London and France after eating a Pret A Manger sandwich containing sesame.

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