Passenger asked to leave Easyjet flight after having a tonic clonic seizure

Friday, 11 November 2016

Easyjet airline staff asked a 30 year old woman to leave the flight after she had a tonic clonic seizure whilst boarding a plane.

The passenger, Helen Stephens explained that the seizure only lasted ‘seconds’. The paramedics who supported her also confirmed that she was safe to fly.

Easyjet said that the decision was made after following the 'International Air Transport Association Guidelines', which state that a person should not fly for 24 hours after a seizure, without medical clearance.

Easyjet said that their biggest concern was of the health and wellbeing of their passengers. However Ms Stephens said that she felt ‘silly’ and they made her feel like she had made a spectacle of herself.

There are more than 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK and it is important that the public, and those working within the public sector, have awareness of epilepsy and how it can affect individuals.

At Independence Homes we have an Epilepsy Nurse and a Epilepsy Specialist who deliver free epilepsy awareness courses. These are designed for professionals who are responsible for overseeing the provision of care for people who suffer from epilepsy and associated conditions.

Many of our service users travel abroad for their holidays and our staff are given training and protocols to help prevent situations like this and allow the service user to carry on with their daily lives after having a seizure.

By spreading awareness it will allow people living with the condition to worry less about receiving improper first aid, or feeling ashamed, or embarrassed about their seizures.

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