ALWAYS carry plenty of food on board aircraft!!

Posted on: Fri, 06/29/2007 - 5:40am
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When we fly, one entire carry-on is safe food for us to eat. (Adults forego food & deal with it if we are super-delayed and kids must eat).

I usually use the biggest back pack for this -- conforms to carry-on size regulations & it still fits under the seat in front of us so it is handy if we are buckled up & not allowed to unbuckle.

Among food items I bring are following:

bread, biscuits, crackers, chips, grapes, applesauce singles, Gerber babyfood fruit singles, baggies of Cheerios, apple slices, cheese cubes, VNF candy coins or skippers, water bottles** (see note below), yogurts, bananas . . .

Many airlines this summer are short-staffed when it comes to pilot crews -- this means cancellations and horrible delays sometimes.

Also, flights are very full this summer -- so trying to get re-booked & to final destination can be a lengthy process.

It can be horrible if you are delayed & finally get to destination hours after all the food concessions have closed. . . so, even if you MIGHT have found safe food, there won't be anywhere to buy it.

Case in point of he11-on-plane:

[url="http://youtube.com/watch?v=R06dAgpmmbg"]http://youtube.com/watch?v=R06dAgpmmbg[/url]

Not picking on Delta, just happened to be a Delta flight.

This same experience can be had on any airline in this country, large or small.

Plan ahead & plan for delays. And pack carry ons accordingly.

Any "liquid" food that might exceed the TSA rules for 4 oz & limit to quart bag can be easily handled by including these foods wiith Epipens & meds into the declared bin with doc's letter on top. (I staple docs letter to copy of TSA policies for travelling with someone with disabilites.)

**Water bottles are the only item I have had some challenge on because the fluid is clear & they argue could be explosive or flammable liquid. Usually you can buy small-ish water bottles once past TSA. But I have had TSA allow the midget water bottles with meds because the docs letter states must have water to take meds.

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~Eli[b]Z[/b]abeth,
Mother to 2:
DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA
DS age 8, PA, possible TNA, Latex, legumes?
(PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999)
Member here since 2000

[This message has been edited by ajas_folks (edited June 29, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 06/29/2007 - 10:27am
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That video! OMG! I'd flip.

Posted on: Sun, 07/01/2007 - 11:29pm
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Just wanted to add links here to TSA special needs passenger info:
[url="http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/index.shtm"]http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/index.shtm[/url]
[url="http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/special_needs_memo.pdf"]http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/special_needs_memo.pdf[/url]
[url="http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1374.shtm"]http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1374.shtm[/url]
[url="http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1572.shtm"]http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1572.shtm[/url]
[url="http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1986.shtm"]http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1986.shtm[/url]
[url="http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/formula.shtm"]http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/formula.shtm[/url]
~Eliz

Posted on: Mon, 07/02/2007 - 5:31am
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Goodness! Makes me glad that I don't fly anywhere anymore.
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Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Wed, 07/04/2007 - 3:52am
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Sample of body of one doc letter we've used with meds & foods:
[i]
(Name) is an eight year-old (minor child) who suffers from a life-threatening allergy to PEANUTS AND TREE NUTS. This could result in a severe allergic reaction that makes it MEDICALLY NECESSARY for him (&/or parents, names) to carry an anhistamine of Diphenhydramine HCl 12.5 mg (LIQUID Benadryl, 4 oz.) and *6* self-injectable epinephrine, Auto-Injectors 0.3 mg (EpiPen) at all times. Epinephrine is prescribed by a licensed medical professional.
(Name) should have this lifesaving medication with him at all times, expecially during times of travel away from home &/or in the air. IN the event of an exposure to even a tiny amount of peanut or tree nut, a severe allergic reaction may occur. Every minute is critical in using these medications to treat the allergic reaction and to prevent a life-threatening reaction. Use of Benadryl &/or self-injectable epinephrine can be lifesaving.
With these details provided, please allow (name) to have his self-injectable epinephrine and Benadryl liquid with him (and parents) on board (in the cabin) of the airplane.
Signed,
Mil Doc Name, Colonel, USAF
Pediatrician [/i]
This was our original letter. We do have a modified one which includes brief statement as to safe food and beverages *also* needing to be carried on board as well.
Letter is on official letterhead (Department of Air Force, Medical Group) and I suggest should be dated within past 12 months.
Happy traveling -- we'll let you know how TSA handles this in Atlanta this time around.
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~Eli[b]Z[/b]abeth,
Mother to 2:
DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA
DS age 8, PA, possible TNA, Latex, legumes?
(PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999)
Member here since 2000
[This message has been edited by ajas_folks (edited July 04, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 07/04/2007 - 7:17am
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Good point - my friend's DH just spent 6 hours on the runway before his plane returned to the gate and his flight canceled. If that had been us and we had run out of safe food, it would have been a disaster.
This has made me totally re-think what we pack when we travel - which mercifully, is rarely. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Amy

Posted on: Sat, 07/14/2007 - 2:55am
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Quick note to say that the TSA at Atlanta in the screening area were great & told me I got an A++ for how I presented the meds & speciial foods with letter from doc -- all was in one of those ginormous 2 gallon ziplocs, totally separate from out other personal toiletries and liquids that had to meet own TSA oz & size restrictions in quart ziplocs.
Now, as an aside, I despise the "gate keepers" TSA-with-attitudes who check your ID & boarding pass at entrance to TSA screening. As a sole adult traveling with two young children, I am [i] not about [/i] to hand over to [i] the kids [/i] their boarding passes while I also handle all the carry on items. I am the adult. I am the parent. I will hold their boarding passes as well as answer as to their names and proffer my own ID. My children do NOT need to handle their own boarding passes so to lose them on the other side of screening, nor do my children need to be interrogated as to their names, spelling of names, or ages. They are 5 and 8. Get frigging real. Ok, mini-rant over. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
~Elizabeth

Posted on: Fri, 08/17/2007 - 2:44am
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I have to travel a lot for business and fun. I had a business trip where I packed all food to get my by in my suitcase and some for trip home in purse. The last flight was canceled and I was running out of food. I asked for them to please get my suitcase as I am allergic to so many foods and need my food in my suitcase. They could have cared less. We waiting 4 hours in the airport while they were supposedly looking for it. They never looked for it at all. Just figured we would forget and go to sleep in our chairs or go to a hotel for the night. My husband had to go down to the luggage storage and pay some workers to look around with flashlights in the dark. It took them 2 hours to find our suitcases so that I could eat. We had to spend the night at a hotel. The next 2 flights were also canceled. At small carry on suitcase with nothing but emergency food and I keep it with me or side check. This makes me less stressed about not having food to eat while traveling in airports. Sometimes a few hour flights my turn into a few days stuck in an airport with nothing safe to eat.
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Allergic to all soy, all nuts, peas, beans, sunflower. Started at age 40.

Posted on: Sat, 08/18/2007 - 11:37am
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I can relate! But I am ONLY PA (and cumin) so I'm sure it is much easier for me to eat when traveling.
I just returned from a trip. It is always harder to find safe food for the trip home - especially if you aren't near a grocery store, etc. Fortunately, I bought a box of Nutrigrain bars (can't stand them but they're safe for PA)
and stuffed them into every pocket of my carryon. I also had some cheese and a few baggies of crackers.
Good thing I did. This stash, plus a couple of bananas was all I had for two days. I hope I NEVER see another Nutrigrain bar.
Once you're through security, you can almost always find yogurt and bananas.

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