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Hi everybody,

This weekend we fly with our daughter for the first time since we discovered her anaphylaxis to peanut.

I would really appreciate whatever tips and information people could provide as we prepare.

Thanks!

NP.

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On Feb 22, 2007

there was a really great thread that I read about this...is there a "travel" section ? It might be in there....someone posted step by step instructions on what to do it was amazing... I'll try to find it for you ...there is a way to search.

I have not flown yet with my son.

On Feb 22, 2007

I found two good threads.

Flying ?'s is really good. There is also a section of threads titles "Airlines" that you might want to check out.

Good luck

On Feb 23, 2007

Thanks ... the information was great ... esp getting a doctor's note to let the airline know that we have to carry an EpiPen ... that is important!

On Feb 23, 2007

What airline will you be flying and will they be passing out peanuts? That is really important to know in advance.

On Feb 23, 2007

West Jet. Seems that we are okay with our EpiPen as long as the prescription is affixed and bears our daughter's name.

Here is their policy on nuts (seems fair): "... nor can we guarantee a nut-free environment in the aircraft as guests are allowed to bring their own food onboard. We do not serve peanuts as snacks; however, we may occasionally sell or provide other snacks containing nuts (i.e. cashews, Brazil nuts)."

On Feb 23, 2007

Looks good. I don`t have a problem with tree nuts being served, although some on this board do. My dd has been tested and is not tna.

On Feb 23, 2007

We are flying West Jet on Monday from Toronto to Florida. We did get a note from the dr. and I got the drugstore to reprint the labels so I could put them on the epi pen container, since the boxes were long gone. I just plan on wiping down the trays etc. really well, informing airline staff and of course our own food. Will be interested to know how your flight went as well!!

On Feb 23, 2007

Sure thing ... it's kind of scary on one hand but we'll be prepared. One thing I read suggested a fitted crib sheet for over the chair ... not a bad idea actually. They do not offer 'peanut free' flights but they have indicated that they will make an announcement and let us board first.

On Feb 23, 2007

We haven't flown West Jet with DD yet, but we did go Air Canada to Florida at Christmas. As we have no extra health coverage (self-employed) we do not have a prescription for her Epi's - we just get them over the counter. No Dr's name, pharmacy, or patient name.

We had no problem with security either direction because of a lack of labelling. She had them in the ziplock bag, along with her hand sani and lotion. On the return trip, security told her that the Epi didn't need to be in the ziplock. Wasn't sure about that statement, but she likes to keep them together anyway.

On Feb 24, 2007

So today was very interesting. We flew this morning and I was prepared. Though there were no incidents, per se, I was not happy with the service from the airline.

It could be that customer service set a false expectation yesterday, but I found that West Jet staff were more concerned with covering legal exposure than actually creating a safer environment.

This was surprising to me given West Jet's 'friendly' image.

I have a long post on my blog (it's call Air Peanut) so I won't digress ... here's the URL:

[url="http://nopeanutsplease-com.blogspot.com/2007/02/air-peanut.html"]http://nopeanutsplease-com.blogspot.com/2007/02/air-peanut.html[/url]

NP.

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On Feb 25, 2007

Interesting ... as much as yesterday was annoying, it seems that we've made progress since 2000. There is a discussion on this site from seven years ago called "PA child denied boarding plane" ... at least kids are not being denied boarding today. NP.

On Feb 25, 2007

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Originally posted by NoPeanutsPlease.com: [b]Interesting ... as much as yesterday was annoying, it seems that we've made progress since 2000. There is a discussion on this site from seven years ago called "PA child denied boarding plane" ... at least kids are not being denied boarding today. NP.[/b]

Are you sure? We were denied by Continental when we were flying from Los Angeles to Nashville changing planes in Houston. They would not let us board in Houston. They would not let us fly to our destination and they would not let us return home. That was in 2000. As far as I know, their policy has not changed. They reserve the right to refuse to allow you to board if they determine that there is a medical risk. (which could have been solved by them not serving peanuts but they refused to refrain from serving them for one flight).

[This message has been edited by Carefulmom (edited February 25, 2007).]

On Feb 25, 2007

Oh great news.....We fly West Jet tomorrow morning from Toronto.....I wonder if we should even mention the PA and TNA to the airline. I am bringing Benadryl too, brand new bottle with seal and a note for this and epi's from dr. I am already a bad flyer, I'll be a basket of nerves!

On Feb 25, 2007

Thanks CarefulMom ... it is unfortunate that they would have that policy still. As for West Jet ... I think customer service just set my expectations too high. Be prepared and you should be okay. I would not expect any special assistance from them, but short of having to get a person next to you to put a bag of peanuts away you should be fine.

I would be interested in hearing how things go. I would still recommend letting the flight crew know about the allergy. Good luck! NP.

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On Feb 26, 2007

Too funny ... I just tried to use West Jet's web check-in service for tomorrow's flight. Apparently when the check-in lady noted the peanut allergy it stayed on file. I cannot use the web check-in now, as apparently I requested a 'special service'. Hopefully this is not a harbinger of how well the return flight goes.

NP.

On Feb 28, 2007

The return flight was uneventful. The check-in agent noted that the reason for not having access to web check-in was due to traveling with a child younger than 2 - makes sense.

The first person I told of the allergy was the flight attendant and she was fairly nonchalant. No announcement was made on the return flight either. However, it was not a concern as my expectations were set accordingly this time around.

On Mar 1, 2007

Sound familiar:

[url="http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/article2316623.ece"]http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/article2316623.ece[/url]

On Mar 5, 2007

We arrived back in Toronto yesterday on West Jet. Leaving Toronto the check in agent was great...the plane wasn't full so due to ds allergy she gave us the whole row (all 6 seats). Coming home from Florida when I mentioned the allergy to the staff at the gate they looked at me like I was from Mars. I wiped down all areas really well, esp. trays as when I opened one crumbs had been left behind. Coming home we had the Peanut Family behind us, Snickers and Reese cups galore! Np problems with epipens, although leaving Florida the security guy mumbled something about the sealed Benadryl in my carry on. No eating out exept for Papa John's and a BIG THANK YOU to whever mentioned Philly Swirl, my kids loved 'em!

On Mar 5, 2007

Glad it worked out and thanks for the update.

It is truly a surreal experience the first time you fly with an allergic child. You just notice lots of seemingly innocent things that are potential dangers to your child. Unidentified crumbs on a tray. The peanut family sitting behind you. Kiddie finger prints on the window.

I just posted about Airline Policy on my blog ... would be interested in your perspective. It's lengthy so probably best to just post the URL: [url="http://nopeanutsplease-com.blogspot.com/2007/03/airline-policy.html"]http://nopeanutsplease-com.blogspot.com/2007/03/airline-policy.html[/url]

NP.

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