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I'm planning a vacation and want to know if any one had any problems flying.We plan to fly to Maui on Delta Airlines.My son is a rast6 and we're a little anxious about the flight and whether it will be safe. While we booked our vaca we warned them of his P.A. and we know to tell them every time during check in and the flight attendants.Also to wipe down his seating area every airplane.What is the right type or brand of cleansing/sanatizing wipes,I know nothing is 100%.I plan on taking snacks for him to eat or will this be a problem. Has anyone been denied to bring their own food and drink.This is our first flying vaca.Do I need to bring any doctor notes for airline and has anyone gone to luaus that are safe because we want to go to one but don't think we will eat.I would like to hear of any experiences or things that we need to think of or watch out for. I like to cover all my bases on safety and being prepared travling with a food allergy.Thank you!!!!! RANA4

On Apr 7, 2006

Check out: [url="http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/airlines.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/airlines.html[/url]

We are currently scheduled for a flight on Delta in June. It was not my choice of airlines, but that of the Girl Scout Leaders.

Southwest Airlines would have been my preference because as I was told in separate calls by two of their representatives that they offer a pre-tour, will suspend the distribution of all peanuts/nuts and will allow the ticket (a sale ticket also) to be transferred to another party if the allergic person is not able to fly with them (they mentioned a couple of other accommodations that slip my mind at the moment).

Delta will seat her in the back of the plane out of the general population. If a sale ticket is purchased it is never transferable or refundable. Credit will be issued to expire in 1 year, (so that the PA can possibly try again ???)

Sorry, I'll have to get back with you I forgot your question.

On Apr 7, 2006

My understanding is the reason airlines cannot guarantee a peanut free flight is that they cannot restrict passengers from bringing their own peanuts on a flight.

As for documentation of the allergy, my dd's was entered into Delta's computer so that when I called again it was displayed. As far as wiping the arm rests, I prefer to do it myself. For all I know the cleaning crew could use the same nasty rag from one plane to the next (just me). A Luau is mainly about the roasted pig, poi (made from taro root...yuk!), pineapple and sometimes some kind of dessert with macadamia nuts(a major export in Hawaii). My thought is that a luau should be treated like any meal outside the home; ask every question under the sun.

Just to let you know, we will be taking 8 epi-pens. This trip is a couple of thousand miles so I want to make certain that in case of a reaction we have at least 2 hours (respectively) to get that plane down. Hmmmm, maybe I need more (I just like to find things to freak out about).

On Apr 7, 2006

I have flown to Hawaii several times.

Here are some suggestions:

Have a letter from your allergist specifying you need to carry epi-pens and that they are needed in carry-on for a life-threatening allergy. Prescription and letter should be in the bag that has the epi-pens.

Chlorox makes wipes that have a resealable package. I have a package of these in a gallon size freezer thickness ziploc bag because I don't trust the resealable sticker. Also you will need some gloves, I like nitrile gloves, you can get them at some drug stores or you can get them in bulk and cheaper at a janitorial supply outlet. I wipe down the armrests, the seatbelt buckles, the wall and window/shade, and of course the tray and everything associated with the tray.

The best thing I brought last trip was a couple of fitted flannel crib sheets. Flannel is thick enough to provide some barrier, fitted crib sheets fit perfectly over the top of the backrest and the front of the seat covering the seat entirely and the elastic makes it stay still. If you need a source, try Garnet Hill, I think you can go online. If I could buy some more I would buy dark blue as most seats are that color. Also good for theater seats.

I bring a cooler and since they don't allow you to bring ice in bags because they are afraid of leaks, I buy 12 oz bottles of water and empty out a little bit, then squeeze the bottle a bit- to get out some air, then cap the bottle and freeze it. This is so that the bottle doesn't split as the ice forms. Instant ice pack. It's colder than the plastic blue ice you can buy. You can drink this if it ever thaws and it keeps things really cold for really long. If you drink the melted part, the bottle does not cool as well, so best not to open until you are close to destination or all your cold food is gone. And it doesn't thaw all the way so you have to bring along unfrozen water if you want to drink something. It took 12 hours to get there and the ice was only half melted.

We get to the gate before the gate workers do, and we are first in line to confirm they won't serve peanuts and that they will make an announcement requesting psgrs not to open any peanut items while on board. They also make the same announcement when the door closes after everyone boards. I told the head flight attendant that we would gladly pay for someone's meal if all they brought was peanut items. This was a 8 hour flight that only sold snack boxes and sandwiches, no meals were included. The flight crew assured us that if anyone had that situation, they would give them a free snack box and sandwich and we would not have to pay anything ourselves. This was NWA.

Hope this was of some help. Maui No Ka Oe! (Maui is the best!)

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On Apr 7, 2006

If I understand Delta's policy correctly...which is on their website and which I have been told on the phone this past January...

...is that they create a "buffer zone" around the PA person. They will not serve peanuts 6 rows ahread and 6 rows behind...but the rest of the plane gets peanuts.

In the past (like 2 years ago) they would not serve peanuts but serve pretzels, given advance notice and hounding at the gate. Then they changed their policy a year ago to have a buffer zone and not have peanut-free flights.

I would call them and ask to speak with a Special Care Coordinator (same person who handles the disability cases) and find out their policy before you fly.

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Apr 8, 2006

In another post someone said that our calls and letters to US Air worked, they are going to stop serving peanuts on their flights.

Couldn't we try this with Delta too? I wrote and called to US Air (even though I hardly fly them, however I fly Delta often) and would be willing to do it with Delta.

The power we have when we get a lot of people involved with this is awesome!

Susan

On Apr 8, 2006

It would be nice it Southwest also didn't serve peanuts as they seem to havae the best prices.

On Apr 8, 2006

SWA's whole branding has been around peanuts; it's highly unlikely they'll ever stop serving them. That said, they're very good about not serving them if they get advanced warning and you fill out the paperwork. Still, when we take the first flight of the day (the cleanest), cleant the seat, take a crib sheet, our own snacks, a prophylactic dose of benadryl, and only fly for one hour on a peanut free SWA flight, DS arrives at our destiantation with a rash--because he's airborne reactive. So we only fly them every once in a while--even thought they're great.

American and United are our airlines of choice. We will not go Continental in the future (unless they change their policies).

Check out the airlines board--and historically for other good ideas.

Definitely take your doctor's letter and make sure you get the buffer zone on Delta. I would take snacks to offer the passengers around you. There have been times I've offered to buy folks things (at events or on the plane).

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On Apr 9, 2006

I really appriciate your input. My sister gave me her frequent flyer free tickets for 4 of us. ( She's the absolute best!!!!)We were going to go by Hawaiin but she gave us her Delta because Hawaiin are being sticklers about how many you can redeem in one flight.Either way we are lucky we feel!We will probably pay to see luau and not eat because I don't think I can trust someone elses word. They do use peanut oil in quite a few of the kitchens I found out.J has reactions just from contamination.. The thing I worry about is he has a high sense of smell to peanut anything. Even though others don't know its around he senses it and yes its there or been.We usually leave the area so I don't know? I know others have experienced this but do they have problems if they stay in the area ? I know everyones different.We are pretty good about safety but a airline vaca is a new one to us. I always love to learn new safety tips because preparation makes a funner trip. Thanks for the info we really really appriciate it and let me know if theres any I've not thought about. Mahalo----Rana4

On Apr 9, 2006

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Originally posted by RastaPasta: [b]Check out: [url="http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/airlines.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/airlines.html[/url]

We are currently scheduled for a flight on Delta in June. It was not my choice of airlines, but that of the Girl Scout Leaders.

Southwest Airlines would have been my preference because as I was told in separate calls by two of their representatives that they offer a pre-tour, will suspend the distribution of all peanuts/nuts and will allow the ticket (a sale ticket also) to be transferred to another party if the allergic person is not able to fly with them (they mentioned a couple of other accommodations that slip my mind at the moment).

Delta will seat her in the back of the plane out of the general population. If a sale ticket is purchased it is never transferable or refundable. Credit will be issued to expire in 1 year, (so that the PA can possibly try again ???)

Sorry, I'll have to get back with you I forgot your question.[/b]

Thats the same thing I was told by Delta you'll have to let me know how the Delta flying with the P.A. goes . Mines a few more months away yet.Post it on this topic. Thanks and have a safe trip. Rana4

On Feb 18, 2007

bumping for pmctj4 with questions about Hawaii Vacation

On Feb 22, 2007

this is it!

On Feb 23, 2007

Too funny ... I posted a flying question at the exact time on the main board. Eerie! Great information here ... thanks! NP.

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