Announcement during flight

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By Peg541 on Fri, 05-06-05, 13:35

After speaking to three different airlines and being told they do not serve peanuts but they will not make an announcement about passengers opening their own peanuts during the flight I have a question.

Has anyone ever had an airline make an announcement that there is a passenger with a serious peanut allergy on board and please do not open any peanut products you have brought on board?

Has anyone ever tried to get that announcement made? And how do you all feel about that?

Do any of the adults with PA here fly?

Peggy

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By erik on Fri, 05-06-05, 15:34

Quote:Originally posted by Peg541:
[b]Has anyone ever had an airline make an announcement that there is a passenger with a serious peanut allergy on board and please do not open any peanut products you have brought on board? [/b]

Hi Peggy,

I know that Singapore Airlines does this. You can requests a peanut-free flight, and they will make an announcement asking passengers to refrain from eating peanut products due to a PA individual being on board. Here is a link to the thread about Singapore Airlines:

[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum9/HTML/000269.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum9/HTML/000269.html[/url]

I do fly. When I was a teenager, my parents took me on Air Canada and KLM flights.

In the past year, I have flown many flights on Cathay Pacific and Air Canada. Air Canada does not serve any peanuts on board so it is a good choice. Cathay Pacific does serve peanuts however.

I have never had any problems flying. I always order the "fresh fruit" meal as the regular meals can not be guaranteed to be peanut-free.

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By Peg541 on Fri, 05-06-05, 16:12

Thanks Erik,
I think my son will bring his own food and play it safe, one problem avoided. I think he'll also take Benadryl before the flight just to be safe.

So there is an airline that makes announcements. That means I might be able to make that happen. I mean wouldn't they rather he did not react over the ocean?

Peg

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By Hrg2 on Sun, 03-13-11, 09:59

You know, I was with you on all your issues. Asking for an announcement and not demanding, making calls and the like. Then I read that he was 22 years old. I do not know about you son but at the age of 22 I was learning how to lead men into battle. I can not help but notice that you are perhaps a little overprotective. He had most likely had PA his own life and knows how to deal with it, what to avoid and what precautions to take. You a mom and you are going to worry but cut the cord.

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By Adam's Mom on Fri, 05-06-05, 16:22

Yes, we have. It was with Air Transat, a Canadian charter airline. We did not ask them to make it, they took it upon themselves.

We were travelling Toronto-Orlando. There were 4 or 5 people on board with PA, according to their announcement. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Kim M on Fri, 05-06-05, 18:26

We have had an announcement made on Delta, altough it was a few years ago (2001 I think) when we moved back to Massachusetts from Oregon. The flight attendant announced the allergy to the plane and asked that people not eat any peanuts.

We recently flew Delta to Florida and no announcement was made, but they were accomodating. We were able to fly first class by using DH's miles, and they didn't serve peanuts in the first class cabin. We advised customer service ahead of time and then reminded the attendants when we got on the plane.

I know a lot of people don't like Delta because they do still serve peanuts, but we have had pretty good experiences with them.

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By Peg541 on Fri, 05-06-05, 19:34

OK now I know that certain airlines WILL make announcements. That means I can start lobbying the airlines we are using to do the same thing. I can try anyway. People are going to do what they want to anyway but it is worth a try.
Thanks everyone so much.
Peggy

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By LUKEMANCJ on Fri, 05-06-05, 20:29

Hi Peg
Just a fyi about giving your son Benadryl before the flight. Some where on the board, there was a thread about pre-medicating... just in case. Several people came back saying their Dr advised against doing that because it could mask the onset of a serious reaction and delay in the treatment with an epi...you may want to ask your Dr about it.

Chris

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By Peg541 on Fri, 05-06-05, 21:12

Hi Chris and thanks. I remember that thread and frankly I was not too impressed by that research. I'll ask around for sure. My son will eat nothing on the flights but his own food so his only chance for a reaction would be airborne. I think the Benadryl would be a plus in that case but I will ask around first.
Thanks for the heads up.
Peggy

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By erik on Sat, 05-07-05, 02:49

Quote:Originally posted by Peg541:
[b]Hi Chris and thanks. I remember that thread and frankly I was not too impressed by that research. I'll ask around for sure. My son will eat nothing on the flights but his own food so his only chance for a reaction would be airborne. I think the Benadryl would be a plus in that case but I will ask around first.
Thanks for the heads up.
Peggy[/b]

Hi Peggy,

I always take a Reactine (Zyrtec) before a flight. I really think it is beneficial especially if there was any airborne peanut or contact residue.

I know some people disagree, but I always take an antihistimine when I fly anyway.

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By Peg541 on Sat, 05-07-05, 03:53

Thanks Erik, I agree. I'm still a bit freaked out but that is nothing new.
Peg

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By ajgauthier on Mon, 05-09-05, 05:36

hi - great question! I have had mixed experiences with announcements. Southwest has a card they read, stating there is/are passengers on board that are sensitive to peanut dust (yes, they used that term) so they cannot serve peanuts, however they will give them out upon deplaning. The Delta flight attendant made me totally embarrassed and pointed me out to the plane when she announced. Very passive aggressive and everyone was snickering at me. I wrote a mean letter about that one.

Personally, I think it's okay for the flight crew to make an announcement, but maybe to append onto it "the passenger will let you know if you are sitting in their row". I mean geez, I'd be mighty pissed off if I brought something with peanuts on the plane, it's all I had, and was told I couldn't eat it on a 5 hour flight, ya know? That being said, I think it is good to have an announcement, to make others aware and let the flight attendants know if they have their own peanut-ridden snack.

For me anyway, it's not the 1 or 2 people in a plane who eat peanuts, it's if the *whole plane* has peanuts, ya know?

I do wonder, and please please please don't take this the wrong way. I read another on another thread where the PA child got hives on a flight, even though there was a blanket on the seat and everything was scrubbed down by the parent. Could the parents be so worried about a reaction, that the PA child picks up on it, and has psychosomatic hives/asthma attack? I feel okay asking that because I have had a few psychosomatic reactions when I was younger...just the thought of peanut butter contact could give me hives.

anyhoot - best luck flying
Adrienne

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By Peg541 on Mon, 05-09-05, 14:05

Hi Adrienne,

This actually will be an entire day or two of flying. CA to NJ, NJ to London and London to Edinburgh. Three airlines. So if he's breathing someone's peanuts on the first flight and then again on the second flight it will be just too much.

No place to land over the ocean to save his life so in my estimation it's gotta be extra safe.

Neither of us has started freaking out about it yet, I assume at least I will sooner or later. He's not really prone to anxiety but this will be his first solo flight and he'll be gone for four months so I expect he'll have a whole set of anxiety operating that day.

Maybe that's why I think an announcement would be a good idea. All three airlines tell me they do not make announcements but I figure I'll start working on them once I get the dates and times.

Peg

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By ajgauthier on Mon, 05-09-05, 18:35

hi Peg,

I'm sure you are taking all the precautions, but be aware that if you make "too much" (and I realize there is no thing as too much with PA...), so "too much" (insert air quotes) then the airline/pilots reserve the right to refuse you to board (fine print on your ticket) if they believe your child will be at life-threatening risk. Unfair, well yes, but it's a reality.

What to do? I wish I could give suggestions. The only thoughts I have is to ask them nicely and once, to make the announcement. Then, tell those in the rows around you (quietly and politely) about your son's allergy and see if there is anyone who has peanuts. This may be going too far, but you could bring small snack packs of chips/cookies or something to give to someone who may have had a peanut snack, since, they had no knowledge of the request prior to boarding (?) Also, have the usual doctor's note about treatment, epipen, benadryl, etc. Bring the sheet to cover the seat and some of those Lysol or Clorox wipes to wipe down the area. Bring an allergen facemask for your son to wear. I'm not sure, but I do believe they keep out the peanut/nut dust. Not to scare you at all, but it would be worth checking to see if the aircraft you will be on will have the onflight defibrillators. Just a precaution. If you are worried about pilots not allowing you to board, then you could also purchase travel insurance.

Hope it all goes well :-)

Adrienne

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By Peg541 on Mon, 05-09-05, 19:24

I agree Adrienne. Too much information is not a good thing re: letting him board.

Our allergist says a face mask is useless because peanut can get in thru your eyes too.

Peg

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By saknjmom on Tue, 05-10-05, 13:45

my husband recently flew on United with my son. they made an announcement and asked anyone who brought food that contains or may contain peanuts to show them to the crew and to refrain from opening the package during the flight.
On the way home, no announcement, but they showed us all the food that would be served and changed the mixed nuts that would be served in first class to something else.
they did a terrific job.

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By Peg541 on Tue, 05-10-05, 14:03

Quote:Originally posted by saknjmom:
[b]my husband recently flew on United with my son. they made an announcement and asked anyone who brought food that contains or may contain peanuts to show them to the crew and to refrain from opening the package during the flight.
On the way home, no announcement, but they showed us all the food that would be served and changed the mixed nuts that would be served in first class to something else.
they did a terrific job. [/b]

How far in advance did you tell them your son was flying? And who did you make the contact with? I mean who in the organization?
Peggy

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By gottapoint on Tue, 02-01-11, 00:50

Hi everyone
I just found this forum and wanted to share something I do when I fly. I ordered business cards from an online printing company- I think I got about 200-300 for about 25.00, can't really remember, but was well worth it. You can custom order the cards to say whatever you want. Mine say, "Hello, I am a passenger on your flight today. I have a severe allergy to nuts, and if I breathe in nuts or nut products I will have a reaction requiring medical attention. I would like to ask that you please refrain from eating products containing nuts during this flight. I am very thankful for your cooperation. Have a nice flight!"
I pass these out at the gate area, about 45 minutes before the flight. I walk around asking people if they are going to my destination, for example, "Are you going to Boston today?", and if they say yes, I say, "Thank you" and hand them a card.
Since airlines won't accomodate my allergy, I only fly the ones who don't serve peanuts, such as Jet Blue. They used to make an announcement, but now they won't, so I make my needs known through these cards. I am VERY polite to everyone when I pass the cards out, and so far everyone has been supportive. It's not a guarantee, but if 90% of people listen and comply, at least only 10% of the plane poses a threat. It helps me to know that everyone knows, and so far, the airline has not had a problem with me doing this.

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By Vikingmom on Fri, 05-17-13, 12:35

SAS made such an announcement for my son, who has respiratory sensitivity to peanuts and tree nuts without me even asking. I really felt they cared.

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By calmom on Sun, 07-07-13, 00:24

Be prepared if people are not nice. My son was totally freaked out once due to an announcement. A big mutual groan went up and a few sarcastic comments were made. He was about 5 and looked at me in complete shock. Over a decade ago, I think travelers are more polite about it these days.

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By Cali1530 on Mon, 07-15-13, 23:26

I have a severe peanut/nut allergy and have flown with it a few times - only once internationally and mostly in Canada (not the US). I find Canada to be quite tolerant of allergies, more so than other countries, and have had announcements made when I'm on a flight. Not one seemed to notice, however I was prepared for someone to complain and deal with that by just trying to explain the situation to them. West Jet in Canada is amazing for customer services and don't serve nuts on their flights. Air Canada I believe has a 'nut free' section which is essentially useless as we know.
When I flew internationally I called ahead of see if nuts were served online and they assured me they were not - however when I arrived on board of course they were front and centre on the menu (which I also expected), I was prepared with multiple epi-pens and dr's notes to go along with them as well as a face mask just in case I would have airborne issues, unfortunately since allergies are still relatively misunderstood I have found the best offence is a good defense and just be prepared to deal with it yourself in case people don't/won't understand.

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By Marcia on Tue, 07-16-13, 17:12

I have a severe peanut allergy and fly to France every year as well as domestically. Delta is our airline of choice. Although Delta does serve peanuts, they now have a new policy. If there is a PA on board they will not serve them. Previously they only restricted service to 3 rows forward and back. I have never been singled out. Usually they make an announcement. Many times I have been asked about their serving products made in a factory that also makes peanut products. We find that being nice, polite, and friendly is the way to go. The only real problem I had was on a Horizon flight. (I will no longer fly Horizon)

I take wipes to wipe down the table, the seat belt clasps etc. I do always have a mask with me (needed it on the Horizon flight). I usually have 6 epi-pens for the flights to France (though never needed). I have benadryl with me but I do not pre-medicate. My allergist recommended that I begin a regiment of Allegra 2 weeks before I leave and then while in France....this has helped. (Be aware that your son will need to ask in restaurants about the use of peanut oil. I do not know about Scotland, but it is regularly used in France.)

Marcia

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