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Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 6:35am
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Hello, try to get a detailed letter from your doctor stating that the epi-pen must be carried on the child at all times and outlining consequences if it is not. I have been asked to show this letter by Customs and Security personnel both in the U. S. and Canada. Usually a supervisor is called, I show the letter and suggest that the supervisor telphone the doctor [her number and the hospital emergency numbersa re included by her in the letter]at my expense if more information is needed. I also carry the AAAIA directive about carrying epi-pens. You may not need the letter / documentation but we have needed it when travelling with our son.

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 7:52am
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Well, I'm flying back to Montreal, from Orlando, so wish me luck!
Two epipens are flying with us [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 12:30pm
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Where can I get a copy of the aaaia directive also? I can't seem to find it on their website.

Posted on: Sat, 03/01/2003 - 12:51pm
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Well, flying OUT of the US was a joke. The two epipens (in two separate bags, in case of loss) didn't trigger any raised eyebrows. The cell phone wasn't checked for functionality (they're supposed to do that since there are some guns out there disguised as non-working cell phones), in fact my purse wasn't opened at all - it had an epipen, some unknown whitish powder (add-water cereals for the baby), a PDA, a cell phone.
A real joke.

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2003 - 1:19pm
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I just flew across the US via Southwest. They serve peanuts, so I contacted them to find out how to have a peanut free flight.
I needed a letter from my doctor. Actually, he wrote a note on a message form from our HMO, and included the information that I carry epipens.
No one even checked for them. I do make sure however, that I carry my epis with me in my carryon luggage.
By the way, I had to notify people who issue the boarding pass, and I make a point to notify the flight attendant that I am "the peanut person" and that I carry medication with me. They appreciate this knowledge.
I do hope we get to the point where all flights are peanut free.
About airport security, I was amazed at how well the xray machines work now. I got to see one in action. I actually got through the boarding process faster now than before. They were checking all electronic devices in both airports.

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 5:26am
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Hi, Kelly!
We flew last summer from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, connected in London, then on to the US with American last August. Our doctor used the FAAN form letter, and I carried it with the EpiPens, but no one with security in asked for it (Frankfurt, London, Raleigh-Durham, and Chicago-O'Hare airports). Do be careful that the letter states that the Epi-Pen needs to be with the child at all times. Apparently, a letter stating it just needs to available gives the pilot the prerogative to insist that it be kept in the cockpit.
An idea for meals - if you haven't had the airline/travel agent flag your child's name as having a food allergy (which means it will be listed on the head flight attendant's notes on the passenger list), call the airline, ask for a customer service specialist, and have them to do that. Then, when you check in, remind them at boarding of the allergy, and ask to speak with the head flight attendant. We've found them to be very helpful. If they have ingredients listed on the food packages, they have always read them for us. Normally, we get those kids microwaveable meals (the Gerber ones in the baby-food section are the ones we're most comfortable with - but bring some salt!). The aircraft probably won't have a microwave, but First-class usually gets their food served on real oven-safe plates. The flight attendants have always found a spare dish to put the food in and heat for us.

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