1st time flying with PA

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 10:02am
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I am so concerned about flying this summer with my HIGHLY allergic PA daughter, age 5. She has had severe reactions like drop in BP, loss of consciousness, vomiting, swelling, etc etc. Her levels just went from 30 out of 100 to 100 out of 100 in six months. I am so dumbfounded and just foung out today. She has had no exposure or any incidents whatsoever inbetween blood test so I am really concerned about flying this summer for our first real family vacation. We are flying with United who said they do not server peanuts. Any ideas about being in a confined space if someone brings peanuts on board? has anyone ever had any problems on a flight?
very concerned
coureas4

Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 4:08am
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FYI
Here in Charlotte, a united flight is typically operated by usair who serves peanuts.
Just because you bought a united ticket doesnt mean you will fly a united plane.

Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 9:14am
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Thank you for the reply, it is very interesting. Now I don't know what to do. Maybe I can call United or just drive to our destination.

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 8:14pm
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We have flown with our PA son many times and here is what has worked for us:
- Tell everyone about the allergy - when you make the reservations, when you check in, and when you board.
- Ask to pre-board so you can wipe everything down with a wipe - trays, arm rests, etc. Sometimes they will let you do this, sometimes not. If not, then I board with the rest but still do the wipe down - everyone can wait a few minutes.
- Bring a fitted sheet to cover his seat.
- Bring your own food.
- Bring at least two epipens and a doctor's note about how they must be available on-board.
Hope this helps!

Posted on: Sun, 05/14/2006 - 1:07am
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Thank you so much for your advice. It really did help and I will do just what you said.

Posted on: Sun, 05/14/2006 - 11:22pm
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Glad it helps - you will be just fine.
[I forgot to add, check the magazine pocket for trash, etc.]

Posted on: Wed, 05/17/2006 - 11:57am
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Take an early morning flight if you can. We had a horrible experience on Southwest and got off the airplane bbefore take off---there were peanuts all over the floor and seats. My daughter was one of 4 kids on the flight with severe peanut allergy. After speaking to the other families who got off the flight when we did, they had also made Southwest aware months, weeks and days before the flight. When we were waiting to board this Southwest flight (we had no problem on the way to our vacation spot on SW, this was the way home) we heard the flight attendants talking and complaining about all of the "peanut allergics" on this flight. They were joking about handing out Reeses. I've had great experiences on JetBlue. We haven't flown as much recently, so I'm not aware of anything recent this past year.
You're not flying Southwest, so that is a + [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 5:04am
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Nicole H...
I was so surprised to see your post about your flight with SW air...that exact thing just happened to us this past weekend. I was so freaked out that I decided I wouldn't fly for a while...

Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 4:08am
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FYI
Here in Charlotte, a united flight is typically operated by usair who serves peanuts.
Just because you bought a united ticket doesnt mean you will fly a united plane.

Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 9:14am
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Thank you for the reply, it is very interesting. Now I don't know what to do. Maybe I can call United or just drive to our destination.

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 8:14pm
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We have flown with our PA son many times and here is what has worked for us:
- Tell everyone about the allergy - when you make the reservations, when you check in, and when you board.
- Ask to pre-board so you can wipe everything down with a wipe - trays, arm rests, etc. Sometimes they will let you do this, sometimes not. If not, then I board with the rest but still do the wipe down - everyone can wait a few minutes.
- Bring a fitted sheet to cover his seat.
- Bring your own food.
- Bring at least two epipens and a doctor's note about how they must be available on-board.
Hope this helps!

Posted on: Sun, 05/14/2006 - 1:07am
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Thank you so much for your advice. It really did help and I will do just what you said.

Posted on: Sun, 05/14/2006 - 11:22pm
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Glad it helps - you will be just fine.
[I forgot to add, check the magazine pocket for trash, etc.]

Posted on: Wed, 05/17/2006 - 11:57am
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Take an early morning flight if you can. We had a horrible experience on Southwest and got off the airplane bbefore take off---there were peanuts all over the floor and seats. My daughter was one of 4 kids on the flight with severe peanut allergy. After speaking to the other families who got off the flight when we did, they had also made Southwest aware months, weeks and days before the flight. When we were waiting to board this Southwest flight (we had no problem on the way to our vacation spot on SW, this was the way home) we heard the flight attendants talking and complaining about all of the "peanut allergics" on this flight. They were joking about handing out Reeses. I've had great experiences on JetBlue. We haven't flown as much recently, so I'm not aware of anything recent this past year.
You're not flying Southwest, so that is a + [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 5:04am
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Nicole H...
I was so surprised to see your post about your flight with SW air...that exact thing just happened to us this past weekend. I was so freaked out that I decided I wouldn't fly for a while...

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