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What are the best airlines for peanut allergies?

I was diagnosed with my peanut allergy when I was two years old. I am now fifteen and haven't flown since I was a toddler and before I was diagnosed but this summer I have to fly across the country and I'm a bit nervous about going into anaphylactic shock on the plane since a lot of planes serve them or people eat them on the plane. So which airline has the best peanut policies?

By TraciC on Mon, 07-15-13, 16:37

We flew Delta in January with our 9 year old daughter who has a peanut and tree nut allergy. We called Delta ahead of our flight to notify them of the allergies.

While the flight attendants on the flight to Florida let the rows around us know there was a peanut allergy and asked them to refrain from eating nuts, they still failed a bit. The attendants ended up offering trail mix (full of peanuts!) and snack boxes for purchases that contained nut products - including to the "nut free zone" passengers.

On our flight home the flight attendant did nothing to create a "nut free" buffer zone, and then served peanuts to the rows around us. They also offered the nut-filled trail mix and snack boxes for purchase.

When I complained to Delta I was told that they make "every effort" to make their flights nut free, but they would not respond to my question about why snacks with nuts were still served on their flights.

Part of their response was this: "We also encourage passengers with a nut allergy to take the necessary medical precautions to prepare for any possible exposure. Respectfully, airlines cannot guarantee a completely peanut free environment as customers may bring on any number of peanut products that would impact an allergy. As I am sure you are aware, peanuts are used in cooking, cosmetics, perfumes, shoe polish, candy bars, garnishes, plastics, lubricants, and so forth."

I'm still not sure if we'll ever fly Delta again. They just don't seem to "get it."

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By Susan Connick on Sun, 07-14-13, 19:40

We have actually flown JetBlue and of all airlines, Southwest, with no problems. We carry multiple epi-pens (and now AuviQs) and liquid prednisone. Check with your doctor to see what additional precautions you should take when flying. Many, many people with peanut and tree nut allergies fly safetly. Talk with your doctor & multiple airlines. Follow the airlines' protocol in dealing with allergies. Do not assume the attendants at the airport will tell the ones on the plane. Communicate your concerns & fears with your doctor and have him or her help you to prepare adequately to alleviate those concerns. Decide which airline you are the most comfortable with, be empowered by your doctor's guidance and life your life!

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By Vikingmom on Fri, 05-17-13, 12:16

Based on our recent experience, you should not believe United/Continental's claim on their website that they are nut-free.

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By txtina on Mon, 05-06-13, 13:08

We fly all the time with our 15 y/o PA son. American Airlines made us deboard the plane when they were reminded of his allergy. We NEVER fly AA. What a nightmare experience! We like Delta and United. Call ahead and tell them about your allergy. Ask to preboard and have someone wipe down your seat, tray table, window, etc with Lysol wipes. We aware, but don't panic...it can be a fun experience!

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By vden471 on Sat, 05-04-13, 19:42

I flew Delta and had informed a few days in advance. Both ways they announced there was someone on board that had a peanut allergy and they would ask everyone to avoid eating anything with nuts in it. Thay also stated they would be serving pretzels instead. I was very impressed by this.

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By Chantel Donnan on Fri, 05-03-13, 00:42

No airline can actually GUARANTEE that there won't be peanuts on your flight, especially since many people bring their own snacks from the airport or from home, However, some airlines are more accomodating than others. For example:

Delta Airlines: will refrain from serving peanuts on your flight if you notify them at least 48 hours before your flight of your allergy. Until then, Delta will create a "buffer zone" of three rows in front of and behind customers with severe peanut allergies. People seated within this zone will be served non-peanut snacks – the rest of the plane may receive peanuts. Delta will allow you to pre-board and sanitize your seat.

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By kickert on Thu, 05-02-13, 15:41

Will you be flying with friends/family or alone? If you are with friends/family they can help with the process - if you are alone, you will want to make sure someone on the flight knows how to use an epi-pen - just in case of an emergency. Unfortunately, airlines re difficult when it comes to allergies. They can request "nut free" zones and not give out nuts but the public has a choice and they don't always consider how their choice to eat nuts might have effect on others. I think Southwest is the main airline that still gives out nuts, if you are traveling with them take the first flight out and request a NUT FREE FLIGHT, they will make an announcement and usually people are pretty understanding, but it isn't a guarantee. The other airlines don't give out nuts and don't always want to request NUT FREE to their fliers - they might request a nut free zone around you. Good luck, there are other post that talk about precautions when you fly, things to think about and do to stay safe in the air.

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