I'm trying to book a flight for my family from Newark to Orlando in April. My 7 year old son is PA, but not airborne sensitive. However, the thought of travelling in a sealed container for 3 hours with everyone else on board munching away is not my idea of a relaxing start ot finish to a vacation. Of course I checked this board out to see what other people's experiences have been. Continental is by far the least expensive option, with "light snacks" being served on the flights. These were described to me by a rep as being "Fresh sandwiches." Also got the reading of the "no peanut-free flights" policy, which I had already read for myself on their website and here. I could not get her to tell me that bags of peanuts would not be handed out on that flight, although it seems to me that airlines are cheap enough to only give out one thing. Jetblue is more expensive, but no peanuts served onboard. They would make an announcement pre-flight to "alert" the other passengers that a PA person was onboard. I'd appreciate any thoughts by recent airline travelers - we haven't flown in a long time. also any suggestions for further steps we can take now. Thanks!
On Jan 18, 2007
We always fly Jet Blue. We have never had a problem, they are always very accomodating. I have always been able to preboard to clean the seats and the trays. They do serve some nut containing products (cashews, biscotti cookies). They always remove them from the choices of snacks when we fly. They make an announcement as well. You will be pleased!
On Jan 21, 2007
I flew Continental this week for business (reluctantly). I had a 9:00 a.m. flight going, and they served a muffin w/o nuts. I had a 2:00 flight returning, and they served pretzels, thankfully. With Contintental, they won't tell you if it's going to be pretzels or peanuts (I have a thread on them).
But I do know this: if you fly during the light snack/meal time, you get that and nothing else. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] At least that's what we were told two years ago. So with Continental, it's best to go early morning (unless they hand out granola breakfast bars) or when a meal is served. There's still the residue. I didn't want to put my purse on the floor. I did put my briefcase on the floor during takeoff, and it was filthy when I picked it up.
My "peanutty" clothes were removed when I got home and sit in a bag, waiting to be washed so I don't get expose DS to any residue, however minimal it may be.
I would avoid flying Continental if possible, but the meal time flight would be your best if you have to use them.
On Jan 21, 2007
JetBlue has been wonderful on our past flights (I think 4 roundtrips with DD who is allergic). I still only allow DD to eat food that we bring, but there are options on JetBlue for her. And no peanut dust floating near her as 300 people open their little bags. I wouldn't fly on Continental if the flight was free.
Have a great trip, Nicole
On Jan 24, 2007
For me, it is not worth the stress of flying on a plane that has had peanuts served many times and therefore has a high likelihood of at least a contact reaction. You can clean your own area but not all the other seats that you pass, or the bathroom, or the floors. I always tell my son to keep his hands in his pockets until we get to our seat and until it is cleaned off...no matter what airline, don't let him touch the floor, he always wears long sleeves and pants - to help minimize potential for contact reactions... For me, flying is the most stressful activity we do...aside from visiting my in-laws out in the boonies far away from a hospital.
So for me, it is worth the extra expense to minimize the risk of a high risk situation, in an environment where it will take a long time to get to a hospital if a reaction occurs.
On Jan 26, 2007
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