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Food-Allergic Airline Passengers Left Stranded After Court Dismisses Case, Legal Advocates Say

Kids With Food Allergies ·
UPDATE:   We support a Congressional effort to improve airline safety for people with severe allergies . Join AAFA's Action Network and tell your senators you care about this issue today !   What happens if a passenger has an allergic...
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Re: Food-Allergic Airline Passengers Left Stranded After Court Dismisses Case, Legal Advocates Say

KurtH ·
We the allergy community have a strong case arguing for *reasonable accommodations*. For food, that is clear labeling of intended ingredients and of trace levels of common allergens. The argument is all the stronger in the air, and ought to appear completely reasonable to the airlines. It would seem that requiring labeling by their caterers is a small price to pay to avoid bad press, for goodwill, and for good corporate citizenship.
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Re: Food-Allergic Airline Passengers Left Stranded After Court Dismisses Case, Legal Advocates Say

TrishRip ·
Sadly, when it comes to airline travel it is not just the potential food allergens, but the animal dander as well. I have a severe allergic reaction to all dogs, and a potentially fatal reaction to cats. It doesn't matter if they are 4 rows away or 40, the hazard is there, especially in a tin can of pressurized air. I try to travel by car as much as possible, but sometimes it just isn't feasible. I try to prepare for the possibility of animals on board, and can semi control when exposed to a...
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Re: Food-Allergic Airline Passengers Left Stranded After Court Dismisses Case, Legal Advocates Say

Dinydeek ·
It would not matter whether the pet was on the plane or not, the pet owners are covered in their pet dander you are going to react to the owners if the pets are left at home. While we too deal with significant allergies that prevent us from using public/ private(airlines are a private industry) transit as much as we would like for our child, it isn't the worlds job to go pet free, peanut free, dairy free, corn free, gluten free, soy free- etc. We simply drive and do what we can to keep her...
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Mahbahlih ·
In addition, I highly recommend checking out pages 62-64 of "Food Allergy for Dummies" by Dr. Wood. It speaks exactly to what you are asking. You can read it online at Google Books (linked below). I don't know if you are familiar with the book or not. I don't care for the name, but the content is awesome. ...
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Lisa ·
I would recommend wiping down the whole seating area, not just the tray table. I would also bring all my own food. I think it is great if airlines are offering peanut or nut-free flights but I think there 35,000 feet isn't where I would want to find they made any type of mistake. I think researching which airlines will and will not make announcements, grant buffer zones, do or do not serve peanuts, nuts, etc is also a good idea. Some airlines are accommodating and some are not and which is...
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People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Kids With Food Allergies ·
New international study led by University of Michigan identified behaviors that could reduce anxiety, chances of allergic reactions Few situations can provoke more anxiety for people with peanut or tree-nut allergies than having an allergic reaction...
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Safer Flying Strategies for Travelers with Peanut Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Safer flying strategies for travelers with peanut allergies (BPT) - From bag-checking charges and unexplained delays to rude fellow passengers and flight attendants who are having a bad day, flying can be a huge hassle. If you're among the...
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British Airways Sets New Policy for Passengers with Nut Allergies

KFA News Team ·
British Airways is becoming the first major airline with an official policy asking passengers not to eat nuts in flight. The updated allergy-friendly policy took effect February 18, 2016. Passengers can still carry nutty foods and snacks aboard. But they will be asked not to eat them if they are sitting near a person with that allergy during the flight. When a passenger says they have a nut allergy, flight crews will make an announcement, said an airline spokesperson. Crews will make an...
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AAFA Supports New Bill to Improve Safety for Airline Passengers with Severe Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
  Families at risk for severe allergic reactions often find flying incredibly stressful.   There is no one national policy for airlines. Each company can set its own rules. And, families may be told one thing when they book a flight, and...
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Flying with Food Allergies (Video and Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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...
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Re: Food-Allergic Airline Passengers Left Stranded After Court Dismisses Case, Legal Advocates Say

Lisa ·
Hi Dinydeek, As someone who has a very severe cat allergy I have to say that it does make a big difference whether there is a cat present around me or just a cat owner. I have no problem being around cat owners but if you put me in a room with a cat I will likely have my eyes swell, breathing trouble, and more. Perhaps being around people with dander on them explains some of the times I sneeze while in public but the level of that compared to what happens when I'm with an actual live cat is...
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Abigail's Mommy ·
Sometimes, it's not so easy as choosing to not fly. Adults have to fly for business, kids have to fly to see non-custodial parents, people need to fly for family emergencies when time is absolutely critical...Flying is an unavoidable part of life, and people need to be able to fly safely without the risk of anaphylaxis. It sounds like the airline got off the hook, so to speak, because airlines are not covered by the law. The airline was not found innocent or not liable.
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Re: Food-Allergic Airline Passengers Left Stranded After Court Dismisses Case, Legal Advocates Say

kriton94 ·
Just curious, who bears the cost if an emergency landing is required?
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Re: Food-Allergic Airline Passengers Left Stranded After Court Dismisses Case, Legal Advocates Say

Allison ·
That is a great question. I am not sure.
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Re: Food-Allergic Airline Passengers Left Stranded After Court Dismisses Case, Legal Advocates Say

Dinydeek ·
Airlines are a private industry. They have no control over what passengers opt to eat, or what pets they have at home or what trees or grass left pollen on the passenger or what perfume or deo the passenger opts to wear. So, if a passenger who KNOWS they have severe IgE allergies to pets, foods,scents etc opts to get on a plane where they know there are no laws, mandates etc that prohibit their allergen on other passengers and thus recirculated throughout the air on the entire plane, then if...
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Re: Flying with Food Allergies (Free Webinar)

Lynda ·
Here's the recording of this webinar: Flying with Food Allergies - Video and Resources
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Flying with Food Allergies (Free Webinar)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
If the thought of flying with a child with food allergy causes you worry, please register for this free meeting. The speakers are Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, a pediatric allergist, and attorney Laurel Francoeur. Dr. Greenhawt will review the medical issues...
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

HowdyY'all ·
I have been on several Delta Airline flights recently where they announced that peanuts would not be served due to a fellow passenger's peanut allergy.
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cheymom ·
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

jmw ·
Southwest allows early boarding for airborne peanut allergies- enough time for you to go and wipe down the seats and trays before everyone else gets on. They also avoid actually serving peanuts on the flight- they gave cookies and crackers instead.
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Bea ·
I just wanted to add that I just booked a flight from the USA to Europe with KLM (Dutch Airline) operated by Delta. After purchasing our tickets I called up Delta to notify them about my 3 years old son's peanut/tree nut and dog allergies and I asked what their policy was to accomodate us. Just like on Air Canada, they ensured me they will create a 3-row buffer zone in front and behind us. They will not serve any nuts to these passengers. Good to know!
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

JessHK ·
In addition to taking common-sense precautions and increasing communication with flight crew during reactions, the study also seems to reinforce another critical need: to educate allergic individuals and their families/caregivers more effectively around how and when to use the EpiPen. Underutilization of EpiPen is not only a problem in the air, but also on the ground. Education can reduce anxiety (i.e. by shifting some of the focus from the problem onto a "solution") and lead to more...
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Francine Hezrony ·
What about allergic reaction due to airborne peanut protein? The Epipen works for a short duration until emergency room medical treatment can be given. What is your opinion for a long flight?
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Kathy P ·
Francine....I'll see if I can flag someone down to get a response for you....
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Mahbahlih ·
Hi Francine. In our case, our allergist told us always carry 2 Epipens at all times - every day. When we fly, we are supposed to carry 3 Epipens, Benadryl, and liquid Prednisone (steroids). In the event of an in-air anaphylaxis we were directed to give our son his Epipen and wait a few minutes. If he was recovering, we were to give him his first dose of steroids (since that is what he'd do if we came to the ER after giving the Epipen). In the event the first Epipen didn't resolve the...
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Hi Francine, A good approach would be for you to discuss this with your child's allergist in advance of the plane trip and see if your child's emergency care plan needs to be updated for the flight and the trip away from home. You might need to carry more epinephrine autoinjectors, for instance, based upon what your allergist will recommend.
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