|Travel with Food Allergy|
The results come from a survey that was accessed and completed by 3273 persons- mostly parents of peanut and tree nut allergic children.
More than 10% of respondents reported experiencing a reaction during a flight.
How's that for a frightening statistic?
It goes on to share:
- 13% of those people who experienced a reaction received epinephrine
- peanut was the attributed cause in 69.5% of the reactions
- the crew was notified of the in-flight reaction in only 50.1% of cases
- Airline policy on handling in-flight reactions to peanut and tree nut allergies has been inconsistent between different carriers and nations.
- making any request of the airline (in other words, tell the airline about your allergy and what you need)
- requesting a buffer zone
- requesting an announcement that passengers not eat peanut/tree nut–containing goods
- requesting a peanut/tree nut–free meal
- wiping the tray table (we also wipe the seat and arm rests)
- bringing own food from home
- avoiding use of an airline-provided pillow
- avoiding use of an airline-provided blanket
The study did note that "one single US carrier was associated with 63 reported reactions (18.1%)". That airline remained unnamed (hmmm....now I'm very curious!) Canada is the only country where a government agency has directly intervened, recently ordering Air Canada (but not other Canadian carriers) to establish a peanut/nut-free buffer zone, on specific request within 48 hours of departure. To date, the US Department of Transportation,has stated that it would not involve itself in the peanut/airline issue.
That means it's up to us. Carry your own food and medication and use the above listed risk-mitigating behaviors when you fly. You can successfully travel by plane with food allergies by being prepared and preparing in advance.
Wishing you happy and safe travels! Feel free to share your personal experiences in the comments below.