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Title: Airline Threads
Post by: Macabre on May 14, 2013, 12:19:26 AM
Preferred Airlines??

Airlines and peanuts

Air Canada?

Air Canada

Airtran policy?

Alaskan Air

British Airways and Heathrow airport

Delta - new changes as of June 1st

United or Delta?

Iceland Air

Jet Blue

Lufthansa

Flying Southwest Air- new to PA

Sun Country Airlines

UAL Warmed Nuts First Class

United vs. American Airlines

Ingredients of Mixed Nuts on United Airlines?



Need current info re: TRANSATLANTIC flight- Eastern US to Dublin/London



Related

1st flight with a food allergy....

International Flights

San Francisco airport

Luggage for Air Travel
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on February 08, 2014, 11:41:08 AM
Can I post links in here?  If not, feel free to move to a new thread.

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"Family Criticizes Airline Crew’s Response to In-flight Reaction"
http://allergicliving.com/?p=23975
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After Nikki’s epinephrine injection, Jennifer requested that a PA announcement be made asking fellow passengers to refrain from eating nuts as there was a passenger having a serious allergic reaction. The flight attendant she spoke to said that couldn’t be done, that it was against policy.



"Requiring Airlines to Institute a Bill of Rights for Food Allergic Children/Adult Passengers"
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/102/513/863/
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I launched The No Nut Traveler. This is a website dedicated to all the people who have food allergies and wish to fly on commercial airlines. On our website you can share your experiences with airlines so we can build a database of support, write your legislator and file a complaint with the DOT (Department of Transportation). Please log on, take a look, and share your stories if applicable and forward to your family and friends. [url]http://nonuttraveler.com[/url]



"Naperville Mom Releases Documentary, Urges Airlines to Change Food Allergy Policies"
http://naperville.patch.com/groups/arts-and-entertainment/p/naperville-mom-releases-documentary-urges-airlines-to-change-food-allergy-policies
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Amy Wicker of Naperville, who runs AllergySafeTravel, an online travel resource for people with food allergies, showed her film, More Than An Inconvenience



”Airlines Hear the Case for Allergy Accommodations"
http://allergicliving.com/?p=23991
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A senior representative of FARE, the food allergy organization, and an independent food allergy advocate had the unprecedented opportunity to make the case directly to the top U.S. airlines for clear guidelines for accommodating air travelers with food allergies.


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"Reactions to peanut during air travel: can anaphylaxis be due to inhalation?"
http://www.aaaai.org/ask-the-expert/peanut-air-travel.aspx




Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on June 05, 2014, 11:01:43 AM
Flying with Food Allergies - KFA Webinar

http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/flying-with-food-allergies-video-and-resources

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The speakers are Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, a pediatric allergist, and attorney Laurel Francoeur.


Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on July 12, 2014, 01:20:27 PM
Tweeted by @KristinBeltaos

"Comparing Airlines"
http://allergicliving.com/2010/08/30/comparing-airlines/?utm_content=buffer96a1d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: CMdeux on July 12, 2014, 04:42:57 PM
Well, THAT makes for depressing reading.   :pout:
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on July 12, 2014, 06:12:44 PM
Looks like that is the updated list  :-/

http://allergicliving.com/newsreport/2014-06.html

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It’s back! Our Comparing Airlines Chart that details the allergy policies of 12 major airlines is now updated with 2014 information.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: CMdeux on July 12, 2014, 07:41:16 PM
Most airlines have "updated" policy to actively prohibit cabin announcements by flight crews.  {sigh} 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on August 23, 2014, 09:54:09 AM
"Food Allergies and Travel in Recent News"

http://ohmahdeehness.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/food-allergies-and-travel-in-recent-news/

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I get the liability jargon people bandy about, I’m a lawyer.  In the same way “free speech” is misunderstood, we have to get some things straight about liability and discrimination and what it means when common carriers (entities that transport people) discriminate.


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National Peanut Board creates allergy awareness website

"Anaphylaxis in the Air: Two Recent Airline Incidents"
[url]http://allergicliving.com/2014/08/21/anaphylaxis-in-the-air-two-recent-airline-incidents/1/[/url]

Dr. Matthew Greenhawt:

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There is no evidence that has been able to show that such dust circulates. Five studies in the past 10 years have addressed this concept

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Apart from reactions where one eats a contaminated food, airline reactions most likely occur from allergen that may accumulate on surfaces. This we know happens in many different environments. On the plane, without being aware, one could potentially touch a surface that hadn’t been wiped down first, and theoretically ingest some level of allergen.



Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on September 15, 2014, 08:40:21 AM
"United Airlines Quietly Changes Its Peanut Policy"
http://allergicliving.com/2014/09/11/united-airlines-quietly-changes-its-peanut-policy/

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United Airlines has amended its allergy policy to allow “buffer zones” to be created for peanut-allergic passengers.

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Pressure has been mounting recently for the rights of food-allergic passengers in the sky.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on October 17, 2014, 10:49:27 AM
Tweeted by @AllergyEducator

"Allergy girl had to leave BA plane after cabin crew didn't make 'don't eat nuts' announcement"
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/nut-allergy-girl-had-to-leave-plane-after-cabin-crew-didnt-make-dont-eat-nuts-announcement-9790922.html

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He eventually decided to disembark the flight rather than risk his daughter's health, after staff were "rude" and "it felt like [he] was being bullied and ganged up on."
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on October 17, 2014, 01:53:01 PM
Tweeted by @AllergyEducator

"A Force of Nature for Safe Travel with Allergies"
http://allergicliving.com/2014/10/09/a-force-of-nature-for-safe-travel-with-allergies/

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When a United Airlines flight crew said they wouldn’t make an announcement to passengers that Lianne Mandelbaum’s son, Joshua, would be flying on board with a peanut allergy, they didn’t know who they were messing with. The angered mother found another way home and soon launched a petition on the website Care2 urging airlines to make accommodations for allergic travelers.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: guess on October 18, 2014, 03:38:59 PM
One would need to alter the ADA itself to include DOT under its auspices. In addition, the validity of the contract of carriage would need to be completely reversed which would alter from the history of its recognition by courts. The contract of carriage is in effect by the act of purchasing a ticket.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on January 08, 2015, 09:03:14 PM
Tweeted by @NoNutTraveler

"British schoolboy with peanut allergy is barred from boarding American Airlines flight after his parents asked for a tannoy announcement telling passengers not to eat nuts"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2902018/British-schoolboy-potentially-fatal-peanut-allergy-barred-boarding-American-Airlines-flight-Florida-parents-U-S-citizens-right-eat-nuts.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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'A pilot even came out and said he had no problems making an announcement,' said Daniel's mother Judith. 'But the woman at the gate and the head office wouldn't have any of it.




Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: Macabre on January 08, 2015, 11:59:26 PM
When will US airlines have to answer to the ADA??!!? This makes me so angry.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: YouKnowWho on January 09, 2015, 09:41:46 PM
The last flight for AirTran was last week.  They were eaten up by Southwest.  So the one airline who seemed offended that I would ask for peanuts because someone might be allergic gets taken over by the one airline that thrives on peanuts.

(And yes, my comfort level is different than most on this site but that doesn't mean that I want to find out in the air that DS2 is aerosol/contact reactive, kwim?)

 :disappointed:
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on January 15, 2015, 03:37:11 PM
"The Not-So-Friendly Skies – Allergic Passenger Rights"
http://allergylawproject.com/2015/01/15/the-not-so-friendly-skies-allergic-passenger-rights/
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: CMdeux on January 15, 2015, 06:17:59 PM
That is a SUPER helpful and concise explanation.   :yes:
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: guess on February 08, 2015, 12:41:15 AM
Dunno if this has been posted.  It's one airline pitted against the other on accommodations and refunds for cancellation.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2902018/British-schoolboy-potentially-fatal-peanut-allergy-barred-boarding-American-Airlines-flight-Florida-parents-U-S-citizens-right-eat-nuts.html
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on February 22, 2015, 10:09:56 AM
Tweeted by @DrAnneEllis

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Discussion amongst committee members about having "nut free zones" on planes. Consensus is having Epi autoinjectors more important #AAAAI15


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Tweeted by @allergydoc4kidz

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@DrAnneEllis "nut free zones" lack any supportive data, absolutely agree on board autoinjectors should be priority #AAAAI15


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Tweeted by @foodallergyuk

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.@allergydoc4kidz @DrAnneEllis I think anxiety of patients/carers is key consideration, also stress even of mild contact reaction mid-flight




Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: guess on February 22, 2015, 11:23:05 AM
Huh.  I would have put decision to land the plane in order to seek emergent medical care would be priority 1 on airlines.  We already have a priority on epinephrine regardless of the venue.  If epinephrine is field medicine we use while we wait for emergent care we're only able to enact the first part of care.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: Macabre on February 22, 2015, 11:07:36 PM
That is so disappointing. 

And why only one emphasis?

DS last year experienced what he thought was a reaction on a plane where nuts are not served after a person in front of him (maybe behind him but I think in front) started eating peanuts.  It self-resolved after the allergen was removed from the area. 

He had four epi/auvis with him. Having epi wasn't the issue--having a safe environment was. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: guess on February 23, 2015, 01:08:37 PM
The stress isn't related to nuts.  The stress is related to confined area regardless of specific allergen without the means to initiate required emergent care.  The law clearly puts authority to land the plane in the airline's hands and that is based on lay interpretation of medical necessity communicated to a remote, unknown medical source disconnected from the patient.

Until that process is examined fully with best practices for anaphylaxis management allergists should discontinue unilaterally making the issue about anxiety and only nuts on board.  Surely they should say allergen to generalize.

They can start comparing emergent care needs midair with the disturbing gaps of knowledge on anaphylaxis management already captured on pediatricians and emergency care!
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: Macabre on June 03, 2015, 06:55:30 AM
Virgin:

@NoNutTraveler: Virgin America will now make announcements for nut allergic passengers.  See details below or see link... http://t.co/UDYdMD78kI
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on June 09, 2015, 11:35:43 AM
Tweeted by @NoNutTraveler

"Allergy Lawsuit Against Airline Thrown Out of Court"
http://allergicliving.com/2015/06/09/allergy-lawsuit-airline-thrown-out/

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Following this incident, Gleason sued the airline. However, the case was recently dismissed on May 20, 2015. California District Court judge Morris England ruled that the federal Airline Deregulation Act takes precedence over Gleason’s claims. He found that the state cannot “enact or enforce a law … related to price, route, or service of an air carrier.”



Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on June 10, 2015, 09:53:54 AM
"Grounded: Allergic Passenger’s Suit Dismissed"
http://allergylawproject.com/2015/06/10/grounded-allergic-passengers-suit-dismissed/

Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: ninjaroll on June 10, 2015, 10:04:54 AM
Most people here follow FA in the air, but in related ADA world the latest to be kicked off planes were (1) woman with an oxygen tank (2) cancer survivor who did not have a 'fit to fly' note (3) autistic teen who needed a meal.  I may have conflated (1) with (2) above but there's a few recent ones which were caught on YT.  Full house of first responders were mobilized for the autistic teen who was quietly listening to her music when they arrived. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: ninjaroll on June 10, 2015, 12:50:28 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/woman-cancer-kicked-off-alaska-airlines-flight-plans/story?id=30162461

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5oIwIUr1uE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6A3a4tTGWo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCek4UjvP4A

Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: LinksEtc on June 16, 2015, 03:42:03 PM
"Food-Allergic Airline Passengers Left Stranded After Court Dismisses Case, Legal Advocates Say"
http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/food-allergic-airline-passengers-left-stranded-after-court-dismisses-case-legal-advocates-say

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"Unfortunately, trying to get the laws to change is a tough battle,” said Laurel Francoeur, Esq., one of the three lawyers behind the Allergy Law Project.

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Kids With Food Allergies and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America are monitoring this issue



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Comparing Airlines
Allergic Living’s handy chart on the allergy policies of 13 major air carriers.
Updated as of June 2015

http://allergicliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Comparing-Airlines-Chart-2015-v4.pdf





Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: Macabre on September 05, 2015, 06:21:11 PM
Anyone fly Frontier? 

I see this:
ALLERGY (PEANUT OR PET)

Frontier Airlines acknowledges that some of our passengers suffer from mild to severe peanut allergies. For this reason, we do not want to create false expectations with regard to the aircraft environment. We are unable to guarantee a peanut or allergen-free flight, nor can we prevent other customers from bringing peanuts or products containing peanuts onboard our flights. Some inflight food offerings may contain trace amounts of nut ingredients, or may have been processed in facilities that handle nuts, including peanuts.Prior to making travel plans with Frontier, we urge you to speak with your health professional regarding risks of onboard exposure to any allergen.

Frontier does allow passengers to travel with pets in the cabin of our aircraft. These pets may include domesticated dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, or small household birds. Therefore, we recommend that passengers with allergies to pets check with your health professional regarding risks of onboard exposure to any allergen. For more information on travelling with pets, visit our Traveling with Pets section.



This pet statement pretty much dissuades me from flying them.  But I am wanting to know about peanut--whether they actually serve peanuts. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: yelloww on September 11, 2016, 06:56:16 PM
A few years ago, they sold peanut M&M's. I flew them once by myself. The plane was FILTHY. I'd never put my kiddo on that airline. It was gross.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: GoingNuts on January 26, 2017, 10:05:36 PM
From today's NYT:
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/well/family/travelers-with-nut-allergies-clash-with-airlines.html?_r=0&referer=
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: gvmom on January 26, 2017, 10:42:25 PM
I really shouldn't read the comments that follow those articles. 

But, the last comment I read was supposedly from a pediatrician hoping that eventually peanut allergies won't be a problem after the new guidelines about feeding babies peanut.  ~)

So..... so many reasons for me NOT to read articles like that... though, I do find it important to read them.  Really just so sad. 

I did read a nice article recently though about how great Air Canada was to someone with FA's.... and thought that it figured that it was a Canadian airline.  I really kind of want to visit Canada. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: spacecanada on January 27, 2017, 01:12:56 PM
I really kind of want to visit Canada.
You should do it! I know a great travel agent.  ;)  Not that I am biased on either...  Many airlines could take lessons from WestJet and Air Canada (and jet Blue, from the sounds of it.) 

The storm on Facebook today about airlines (and a rotten chef) has made me turn off my app for the day. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: gvmom on January 27, 2017, 05:43:13 PM
I'm not on Facebook.... is there another story about FA's?  I tried to google rotten chef and airlines and couldn't find anything. 

And, really, maybe about a month or so ago I did look into what it would take to get a passport .... mine needs to be renewed, and then the kids would just need them.  Getting them for your kids is way more of a hassle than just getting them for yourself. 

I do have sort of this crazy idea though that even a road trip to Canada would be great.... and totally fantasizing about filling our car up with peanut free canadian candy! 

Do you know if stuff like that would get confiscated at the border... cause, I'm imagining cases of coffee crisps and smarties..... just to start!
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: spacecanada on January 27, 2017, 06:36:11 PM
The chef story wasn't airline related, but maddening.  Turns out it could have all been hateful slander. 

Back on topic - sort of: The only candies that are likely to be confiscated at the border would be Kinder eggs - they are banned in America.  You'd be more likely to face import fees if the value of the candies exceeded your import allowances.  ;D  Unless you get the awful American customs agent I had that accused me of bringing too much food across the border, but I don't know of any rules around maximum quantities if each individual item is allowed across the border. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: gvmom on January 27, 2017, 06:56:22 PM
Oh.... okay.  I just wasn't sure if the story was another awful airline one.

But, that is so crazy!  I had to look up what kinder eggs was.  I know that we've bought something similar before though in the states.  A little figure of some sort inside of a chocolate egg. 

I wonder what the agents think about it.  Clearly millions of people are fine with them..... but they have to search for chocolate eggs and take them away. 

It is interesting though to think that there might be some sort of import fee or allowance to consider if you are just taking some sort of road trip... at least with respect to food. 

With food allergies, we sort of just take food with us wherever we go.  And lots of it if it is a trip.  I'd hate to get into trouble with a grumpy customs agent for rolling my eyes if nagged about the amount of food we had.   

 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: Macabre on January 28, 2017, 09:34:49 AM
I've been having that fantasy since moving to Minnesota. I totally thought we'd at least have passport cards by now. It's a five hour drive. There is part of the Twin Cities called Little Canada. I've wondered if they have grocery items from Canada.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: candyguru on April 14, 2017, 01:46:03 PM
I really kind of want to visit Canada.

You should do it! I know a great travel agent.  ;)  Not that I am biased on either...  Many airlines could take lessons from WestJet and Air Canada (and jet Blue, from the sounds of it.) 

The storm on Facebook today about airlines (and a rotten chef) has made me turn off my app for the day.


Yes.. WestJet was great! They even offered to make a peanut announcement on the plane before we had even asked about it. We always fly WestJet when we visit the USA.

(http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab340/ACpilot1/8BF51B9B_zps7744e8ad.jpg)
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: spacecanada on April 14, 2017, 06:05:11 PM
Yay! I am happy you had a good WestJet experience. Did you fly on the Mickey plane?
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: candyguru on April 14, 2017, 10:57:22 PM
Yay! I am happy you had a good WestJet experience. Did you fly on the Mickey plane?

No.. we hoped to have the Mickey plane or the Frozen plane, but ended up with the regular WestJet Boeing 737 .. haha oh well, maybe next time :)
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: joshsmom on August 03, 2017, 05:28:27 PM
We have never taken our allergic child on a plane. What airlines do not serve nuts?
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: JenniferDuggan on August 04, 2017, 12:38:17 AM
We have never taken our allergic child on a plane. What airlines do not serve nuts?

Check out the Allergic Living airline chart at www.allergicliving.com. It will be right on the front page. If not, search for 'airline' and it will show up.  It has a recent list of various airlines their allergy policies, snacks, and epinephrine availability onboard. 

I fly WestJet almost exclusively - they have excellent allergy policies and no nuts or peanuts served on any of their planes. 

Also... Saw the Frozen plane again yesterday on my flight home.  It was parked at the gate next to us... Too bad I wasn't flying to Halifax (or wherever it was going.).
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: joshsmom on November 07, 2017, 10:12:11 PM
Has anyone flown on United lately? We booked a flight to direct flight from the east coast to California to visit the in-laws. My son is allergic to peanuts and a few tree nuts. It is his first time on a plane. Do I need documentation for his epipens or his Benadryl? Any info would be great.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: GoingNuts on November 08, 2017, 05:49:42 AM
Hi Joshsmom, I haven't flown United in decades, but regardless of the airline, you should carry documentation for the Epipens and Benadryl, particularly if it is the liquid.  And if possible, carry the Epipens in the original packaging, with the prescription label.

Truth be told, we haven't had a problem with the Epipens in years, but you never know.  And the last thing you want is to get to security and have them give you a problem.

Have a great trip!
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: Macabre on November 09, 2017, 07:49:36 PM
DS, PA, has flown Unitd several times in the last few years alone and had a great experience. He’s 19.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: spacecanada on December 20, 2017, 03:51:31 PM
Has Delta recently stopped serving nuts and peanuts on their flights?  I read several comments on an article about the recent AA lawsuit and thought I would double check with some Americans here who know more.  (I tried calling and the person on the other end couldn't confirm one way or the other.)
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: rebekahc on December 20, 2017, 03:55:57 PM
From the Delta website:

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When you notify us that you have a peanut allergy, we’ll refrain from serving peanuts and peanut products onboard your flight. We'll also advise cabin service to board additional non-peanut snacks, which will allow our flight attendants to serve these snack items to everyone within this area. Gate agents will be notified in case you'd like to pre-board and cleanse the immediate seating area. Unfortunately we still can't guarantee that the flight will be completely peanut-free. Note that some snack products on board may be processed in plants which also process peanut products.

If you need to make us aware of a peanut allergy for an upcoming flight, please visit My Trips or call Delta reservations at 1-800-221-1212.

So unless they haven't updated their website, they do serve peanuts on flights with no noted peanut allergies.

That policy seems a bit ambiguous, though - will they 'refrain from serving peanuts onboard your flight' or will they just serve peanut free snack items to 'everyone within this area'?  What is this area? (It used to be just the rows/seats around an allergic passenger)
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: spacecanada on December 20, 2017, 05:28:35 PM
That's what I thought, which is why we avoid them like the plague... residue EVERYWHERE!  Yet, people were saying so many things about how they are fabulous for PA (which I doubted), so I had to ask.  Thanks for clarification. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: candyguru on December 26, 2017, 05:41:00 PM

We flew Westjet to Orlando last month... excellent as always. They made an announcement asking passengers not to eat peanut products and they also went to the 3 rows around us and personally asked the passengers not to eat peanut products due to allergic flyers. And they also served peanut-free salty/sweet snacks to the passengers (they do not serve bagged peanuts).
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: joshsmom on January 05, 2018, 06:12:21 PM
Just wanted to post that we had amazing flight on United. Flew from VA to CA. We preboarded, wiped everything down and no nuts served. It was overall a great experience and the kids loved it! Will definitely be using United again.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: spacecanada on January 05, 2018, 09:17:28 PM
I guess I should chime in with our recent flights also.  I called both airlines to add allergies to my file and request buffer zones, as permitted.

Air Canada
We chose not to preboard on any of our flights since we were already in one of the first groups to get on the plane. 
Flight #1 - flight attendant came to ask about my allergies, if I had EpiPens, and made a buffer zone announcement.  Great.
Flight #2 - flight attendant just made a buffer zone announcement without checking with me (though I ordered a buffer zone ahead of time; they only asked people not to consume peanuts and cashews though, which was super weird and wrong.)
Flight #3 - nothing: no check, no buffer zone announcement, nothing.  I reminded them eventually, but even then they didn't make the right buffer zone announcement again, just saying peanuts this time after I specifically said all nuts and peanuts.
Flight #4 - nothing again!!  It was a super short 11-minute flight, so I didn't mention it.  Plus, we had a disturbing experience at the gate that threw everyone off their game, so I don't blame them for this one.  I will give the gate agent kudos for noticing my husband and I were seated separately (10 rows apart) and calling us up to seat us together, as she wanted me to have my husband nearby if I needed assistance (in case of reaction) - so that was really nice. 

United
Flight #1 - no accommodations made other than they said they would let me preboard if I wanted to
Flight #2 - same as above

Verdict: I was less than pleased with Air Canada's allergy protocols this trip.  I could have put more effort on my end, certainly, to prompt the flight attendants to do things right, but I guess I'm so used to WestJet doing things so well I wasn't on top of it.  (Plus, I actually of wanted to test Air Canada for my clients' sake to see what their allergy protocols are like for people who may not prompt everything to happen as it should.)  It's not that they did a poor job, but Air Canada could have done better without my prompting.  As for United, I didn't expect anything and wasn't told they would make an announcement, so I got what I expected, much like when flying American, only the United phone agent was far more organised when noting the allergies on my file. 

We normally fly WestJet exclusively, and we'll be sticking with them whenever possible, for sure; there's no question they have better allergy policies than Air Canada does.  I'll be booking my clients on WestJet whenever possible too. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: spacecanada on March 01, 2018, 09:13:01 AM
For anyone wondering what an airline's medical kit looks like, here is the one from Air Canada:
https://youtu.be/h5iKxHO5oVY
Plenty of epinephrine.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: my3guys on July 09, 2018, 08:17:37 PM
Southwest Airlines just announced they won’t offer peanuts starting in August of this year.
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: hezzier on July 09, 2018, 08:19:02 PM
I was just coming to post the same thing. 

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/07/09/southwest-airlines-ditching-peanuts/
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: spacecanada on July 09, 2018, 08:55:39 PM
Me too!  It's a three month trial, and they may introduce something to replace peanuts, but fingers crossed!!  This is great news for those of us with contact and/or airborne peanut allergies!  Or anxiety about flying with a peanut allergy in general without any reaction history - we all win.

Complainers can bring their own snacks, which we have to do anyway -- since those pretzels are apparently made in a facility with peanuts, too. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: GoingNuts on July 10, 2018, 05:59:40 AM
This is really awesome news, since Southwest operates out of a small regional airport near here, and I'd love that option for DS.  So much easier/pleasanter than JFK or LGA. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: chase on July 10, 2018, 11:55:30 AM
Delta brought back their peanuts after one month of removing them.  Too many people complained.  We (PA families) need to flood Southwest with thank you letters. 
Title: Re: Airline Threads
Post by: spacecanada on July 10, 2018, 12:44:31 PM
I didn't hear the reason about why Delta brought back peanuts - that's so sad it was due to complaints.   :-[