Mother and daughter stuck in Honolulu return home

Published: Aug. 29, 2012 at 3:59 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - What started as a dream vacation became a health crisis for a Seattle mother and daughter. Lari Bowen and her 13-year-old daughter, Alyssa, were stuck in Honolulu because they couldn't get on a nut-free flight home.

Alyssa has an autoimmune disorder that affects her blood cells and swells her liver and spleen. She is also severely allergic to all nut products, including peanuts and tree nuts.

The Bowen's flew here on Alaska Airlines, which created a "nut free zone" around Alyssa. But the carrier couldn't guarantee the same accommodations on a return flight.

That left the Bowens in limbo, searching for airline that could get them home and ensure Alyssa's safety.

On Tuesday, Alaska Airlines told the Bowen's it would guarantee them a nut-free flight back to Seattle. The airline also had a taxi waiting at Sea-Tac airport. It drove Alyssa straight to Seattle Children's Hospital for a chemo treatment for her autoimmune disorder.

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