Double check EVERYTHING; and ATA

Posted on: Mon, 10/30/2000 - 10:59pm
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We recently flew a military chartered flight on ATA from Charleston, SC to Germany. We received an e-mail confirmation to our numerous inquiries that peanuts ARE NOT served on military charter flights (also called "AMC" flights). When we boarded the plane, there was no scent of peanuts, and no visible evidence of them. Unfortunately, no one bothered to enter into the flight attendants' notes for that flight that a Peanut Allergic child was going to be on board. So, about thirty minutes into the flight, when a child in another part of the cabin asked if they were going to get peanuts, the flight attendant said, "Well, we don't usually serve them, but we have some left over from an earlier flight" and started passing them out. Before more than half a dozen people (who were SEVERAL rows away from us) had opened their peanut packets, the smell flooded the cabin. While my husband rushed to talk to the flight attendant, I tried to hold a gauze cloth over my son's face to try to filter out as much of the smell as possible.

Anyway, they IMMEDIATELY stopped serving the peanuts, posted notes for all the crew, asked if they could do anything for him, apologized profusely, etc. They even offered to break out the fruit, bagels and yogurt that was on board for breakfast so there wouldn't be a cross-contamination risk from the dinner (We had brought his food, so that wasn't necessary, but we did appreciate the gesture.)

Anyway, we fortunately had no problems with a reaction. But the moral of the story is, even if you have it in writing, REMIND THEM at the check-in counter, the gate, and tell the crew when you get on the plane!

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