Scary incident. I was flying from Istanbul to Belgrade on Air Serbia and the kid sitting in front of me choked on his lunch.
Boy Chokes On His Business Class Cheeseburger
It was a tense few seconds. To hear someone choke is a scary thing. His mother’s initial response was to scream.
The boy, probably three years old, was eating a cheeseburger and French Fries (not the sort of meal you would expect to find on an Eastern European carrier…) and likely did not chew it, a common problem with young children.
I was prepared to jump in and assist and so were the flight attendants and the friend I was traveling with. But after the initial scream, motherly instinct kicked in and the kid was whacked on the back several times.
After a few hard whacks, the a bit of cheeseburger flew out and hit the bulkhead wall, and the child began to cry. Oh what a delight and relief to hear a the sobbing of a child. He could once again breathe. Within moments, he was back to old self.
One time my son choked on a slice of watermelon at the dinner table and we had to perform the heimlich maneuver on him. Few things in life are scarier than a parent seeing their child in danger.
I’m so thankful that the piece of cheeseburger stuck in his throat was dislodged and the boy walked away from the flight smiling.
Have you ever encountered a choking incident onboard an airplane?