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Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2000 - 6:20am
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Hi! I'm looking for anyone to give me advise on travelling through the air with pnut allergies. I am taking (hopefully) my 5 year old with a severe allergy to Oklahoma from Oregon.
Delta airlines offered that they would have pretzels served in the surrounding area of our seats, but could not guarantee a peanut free flight. I've heard alot of airlines now serve a trail mix, including Delta, but....it contains peanuts!!But they were really really nice, and helpful with my problem.

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2000 - 6:43am
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I recently flew on both Continental and Delta airlines. I would call the airline about a week before you're due to travel and ask them to serve a different snack, such as plain pretzels for your flight. I have found that if you call ahead of time, most airlines will do that. What they cannot guarantee is that the meals on the flight do not contain peanuts. In that case just don't eat the meal, and you should have nothing to worry about. Even if it has peanut oil, I have never heard of someone reacting to the smell of the oil as they would to a whole peanut or peanut butter. An added bonus is that the meal would be eaten with some sort of utensil, which eliminates the chance of someone with peanutty fingers touching surfaces such as armrests or bathroom fixtures (Unless the person is a complete slob!). On my recent Delta flight I didn't bother to tell the flight attendants about my allergy since I was lucky enough to be in first class (there was no one seated within five feet of me!). On my Continental flight, I did tell the flight attendant, and he said that once they are told that there is a PA person on a plane, they cannot by law open so much as one pack of peanuts on the plane. (I don't know how true that is, but I was glad to hear that!). As luck would have it, we sat on the ground for four hours and people started begging for snacks. All they had were the peanuts and they still wouldn't give them out. I was impressed, but those hungry passengers were hating me! I would call the airline to find out their policy. It seems that people get different answers all the time!

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2000 - 8:06am
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Fly United if at all possible. Their snack mixes are peanut-free. Call ahead for special childrens' meal request -- specify no peanut butter &/or order fruit/salad plate. Do remember that if you fly on United Express or any other non-main-line United flight (as with ANY other airline) those airlines will have different policies & different procedures. Be prepared for missed connections -- meaning bring tons of peanut-free food for family & if bumped or displaced, insist on staying on mainline United,if at all possible, as their standing policy is to be "peanut free" -- though that is not always a guarantee when it comes to the sauces on foods. (It means no peanuts in snacks served.) Good luck. I have had nightmare experiences on Delta & not just with peanut. Stay Safe. EB

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2000 - 11:01am
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Thanks for the info! I really appreciate it. I am very scared, as I have seen what just the smell of pnut has done to my son.
It was really weird, that he wouldn't eat pnut butter cookies even before he could talk! Thanks again! Is there a chat room that people go to about this subject??

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2000 - 3:27pm
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Fly United...they are peanut free and your flight will be way less stressful. I wouldn't guarentee the other airlines not serving peanuts...as you can see from this thread. Many times they seem to promise that and then the flight comes and they don't honor their promises.

Posted on: Mon, 05/29/2000 - 1:00pm
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I switched my flight from Delta to United. I feel a little better now!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 11/01/2004 - 9:54pm
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Hi - I'm sorry you had such a rough time on your flight. I've had the same info from Delta about the two rows policy, and think this is just ridiculous and refuse to fly with them. I know sometimes there's little choice tho.
It would have been a wonderful lesson if the family had explained to their child what was going on and helped him/her switch foods - and the flight attendants helping out as well. I can't imagine the stress you must have had just trying to avoid a reaction. I'm glad you made it home safely.

Posted on: Mon, 01/17/2005 - 7:26am
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Just wondering --
Did anyone fly DELTA over the Christmas/New Year holiday and have a different sort of experience? Would just like to know if they are still doing the no-peanuts-in-surrounding-rows-only thing, or if they will accomodate in a more thorough manner as other airlines are beginning to?
THX, EB

Posted on: Tue, 02/01/2005 - 3:30am
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Hi there.
We just flew with Delta and had a wonderful experience with them. I talked to the flight attendants as we were boarding about DS severe allergy. They all seemed very sympathetic and one even announced about DS's allergy to inform everyone to please refrain from eating anything nut related brought on board. They gave out pretzels and cookies instead.
We flew on 6 different flights by the time we got back home and I felt DS was as safe as he could be.
So we did have a good experience with Delta but definitely sorry for anyone who didn't. It would be very frightening. Hopefully they will join with other airlines and make it policy.
Annshel

Posted on: Tue, 02/01/2005 - 3:39am
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have to ask this question,
why would you think that someone eating a peanutbutter sandwich would cause you harm??
you are 21 yrs old, unless i have read that incorrectly and you are really 21 months!!
One child eating a peanut butter sandwich on a plane is not a risk.
If you considered it a risk, then move your seat. you are the adult in this situation.
you are as safe in an aeroplane, in the air, sitting next to this child with a sandwich as you are in a restuarant.
do some real research, air travel is not that dangerous if you bring your own food, and take care where you put your hands, bring baby wipes.
Ask for an anouncement on board to ask people to refrain from eating peanuts, but accept that people will, at the end of the day, eat what they want.
And, as for protection, all the peanut free flights that you go on, does not mean that the previous flight, on the same plane did not have peanuts on board.
So what will really save your life, is not making enemies on a flight, but a simple common sense attitude to your own care and safety.
Anaphylaxis on a plane is very, very rare.
Panic attacks are common.
I am not saying that the risk is non exsistant, I am just saying that your approach is an over reaction .
Do some research , ring the allergy charites for there opinons on the flight risks.
sarah
[This message has been edited by williamsmummy (edited February 01, 2005).]

Posted on: Wed, 02/02/2005 - 12:14am
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I don't agree Sarah. Obviously the severity of allergies vary. Some will react to the smell especially in a closed in space such as an aeroplane. The risk is far too great and should have been minimized as much as it could be and serving a peanut butter sandwich during a flight isn't doing that. There are alternatives to peanut butter (we all know that).
Just my opinion.
Annshel
[This message has been edited by Annshel (edited February 02, 2005).]

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