Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America hosted a free educational webinar on June 17, 2014 featuring guest speakers Matthew Greenhawt, MD, MMSc, and Laurel Francoeur, JD. The presentation below covers legal restrictions, disability issues, TSA regulations, peanut dust and inhalation studies, and how to prevent allergic reactions on airplanes.
We received hundreds of questions during the meeting, and our speakers have agreed to respond in follow-up blog posts. Be sure to follow our blog so you can receive more information about flying with food allergies.
An attendee gave this review as the most valuable part of the webinar:
“The tips for flying reaffirmed for me that I am doing everything possible to keep my 5-year-old safe. All of the information on inhalation and peanut shell dust was wonderful and will make us feel much safer when faced with that environment.”
- 8 Steps to Minimize Allergic Reactions to Peanuts and Tree Nuts on Airplane Flights
Dr. Greenhawt’s study identified eight actions you can take to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction in-flight.
- Department of Transportation's Links to Nut Policies of Major U.S. Airlines
Find the links to the policies regarding nuts and allergies of the major U. S. airlines.
- Regulations for the Air Carrier Access Act, Part 382
These are the regulations which describe accommodations for flying passengers with disabilities, as compiled by the Department of Transportation.
- File a Complaint with the Department of Transportation
Use the above link to directly file a complaint with the Department of Transportation if you feel you have been discriminated against by an airline because of your disability.
- Air Travel Consumer Reports
The Department of Transportation’s list of reports of consumer complaints compiled yearly.
- TSA: Traveling with Food or Gifts
Rules about what types of food you can bring in your carry-on luggage on the plane.
- TSA Cares 1-855-787-2227
A hotline to answer questions about what you can bring on an airplane.
- DOT and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000
This is the law that prevents the DOT from making regulations concerning buffer zones or restricting peanuts from airlines.
- Handwashing/Cleaning Study (PDF)
This is the referenced study regarding hand sanitizers, soap, and cleaning products and their efficiency at removing peanut allergen.
More information will be coming soon! Laurel Francoeur, JD, and Dr. Matthew Greenhawt will be writing blog posts to respond to the many questions asked during the webinar.
Research, advocacy and educational resources. AAFA is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit for allergic diseases.
Educational resources, free webinars, videos, support, recipes and more. KFA is a division of AAFA.
UPCOMING WEBINAR - REGISTER NOW
On July 1, 2014 at 1pm Eastern, Dr. Dave Stukus and Dr. Mike Pistiner, co-chairs of KFA's medical advisory team, will host Back to School with Food Allergies and Asthma. Register today!
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