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Could you please answer these questions:

How long ago was it that you flew? What airline? Length of flight? What pre-flight "accomodations" were made? Were those accomodations met? If not, did you find this out before you boarded and did you still take the flight or how was the problem rectified? Was it a safe flight (PA/TNA related)? How many epi-pens did you bring on board? Any complaints from other passengers that you know of while on board?

Thanks so much, Andrea

On Feb 1, 2005

We have flown several times on United and American with our PA son. Neither airlines served peanuts in the main cabin as snacks. Ted (United's discount airline) served may-contains.

We carried his epi and a small cooler with food for him. (Remember to pack extra in case you are delayed in transit, you can't count on airport food...though McD's are pretty common). I didn't notify either airline of his allergy.

I flew Southwest Airlines by myself (I don't have any food allergies). They served peanuts. ------------------ Jean

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On Feb 1, 2005

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Originally posted by LaurensMom: [b]Could you please answer these questions:

How long ago was it that you flew?

[/b]Exactly 1 month ago

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[b]What airline?

[/b]American Airlines

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[b]Length of flight?

[/b]2 1/2 hours

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[b]What pre-flight "accomodations" were made?

[/b]None with the airlines. However, I always bring extra food on the plane for the boys just in case we get delayed in the air.

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[b]Were those accomodations met?

[/b]Didn't need accomodations

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[b]If not, did you find this out before you boarded and did you still take the flight or how was the problem rectified?

[/b]I never have any problems with American Airlines.

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[b]Was it a safe flight (PA/TNA related)?

[/b]Yep. No problems.

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[b]How many epi-pens did you bring on board?

[/b]2

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[b]Any complaints from other passengers that you know of while on board?

[/b]None

We fly several times a year. Mainly with American Airlines. One time, not that long ago, we decided to take Southwest and I will NEVER again fly with them. The plane was completely disgusting (filthy), hated their boarding procedure AND they served peanuts!! I had to jump out of my seat and ask that they not serve them to which they agreed to but asked that I just notify them in advance.

If you are flying out of the country, I do know that American Airlines does serve warm mixed nuts but I think that might be to Business and First Class people. Not sure. I think other airlines serve them as well when flying overseas.

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On Feb 3, 2005

1. We flew Jan. 26 & Feb 1&2 2. Frontier Airlines 3. First leg of flight 2hrs, second leg of flights 3.5 hrs. 4. None, although I made sure they did not serve a pn/tn snack. 5. yep, they only served chips and a safe one at that! 6. Very safe flight. 7. 3, plus dr's note 8. On the first flight as they were making an announcement about our daughter, a woman who was sitting opposite my husband got an annoyed look on her face and made a gesture with her hand in the air like "big deal".

We were originally booked on our return flights on Alaska Air. (I admit I did not check first to see what they served before buying tickets-lesson learned!) When we were told they could not, would not accomodate us we switched our flights to Frontier. Frontier was great. Each flight when we notified the flight attendant they made an announcement (some did without us asking, 1 did after we asked her to) that there was a highly allergic child traveling today and could everyone please refrain from eating pn/tn while on the plane. They even asked those that may have already started eating pn or tn to please put away or have flight attendant throw away! On one flight there was a family sitting behind us who had brought on their own food and the flight attendant reminded them that the "child" with the food allergy was sitting in their area and to please check ingredients before eating anything! They had safe food and were very nice about it. Hope this helps. Suzanne

On Feb 8, 2005

We just flew Korean Air from Korea to Dubai. It's a 12 hour flight and they serve peanuts! Lots of peanuts. It seemed like every time I opened my eyes they were serving more peanuts. My son didn't notice, fortunately.

We brought his food. He didn't eat any airline food. We didn't ask for any special accommodations.

Coach class on Korean Air is the pits. I don't recommend it. Definitely no frills.

We're heading back to Korea in a few days. I might give my son Benedryl right before we get on the plane.

On Feb 8, 2005

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Originally posted by Sandra Y: [b]We just flew Korean Air from Korea to Dubai. It's a 12 hour flight and they serve peanuts! Lots of peanuts. It seemed like every time I opened my eyes they were serving more peanuts. My son didn't notice, fortunately.[/b]

Hi Sandra,

I flew on Cathay Pacific 6 times in 2004 and they also served bags of peanuts on some of the flights. I had no problems either, but I took a Reactine (Zyrtec) as a precaution.

On Feb 8, 2005

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Originally posted by LaurensMom:

How long ago was it that you flew? last week

What airline? Air Canada

Length of flight? 1.5 hours

What pre-flight "accomodations" were made? None

Were those accomodations met? If not, did you find this out before you boarded and did you still take the flight or how was the problem rectified? N/A

Was it a safe flight (PA/TNA related)? Yes

How many epi-pens did you bring on board? One

Any complaints from other passengers that you know of while on board? No

note- Air Canada does not serve peanuts on its flights - the flight was too short for a meal but I had juice & pop

On Feb 8, 2005

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Originally posted by LaurensMom:

How long ago was it that you flew? Oct 2004 (6 flights)

What airline? Cathay Pacific

Length of flight? total of 50 hours in the air

What pre-flight "accomodations" were made? Ordered a custom meal for my flights (fruit platter) since the regular meals could not be guaranteed as peanut free

Were those accomodations met? yes, I received my fruit platter each time

Was it a safe flight (PA/TNA related)? I was safe. Please note that they do serve bagged peanuts on some Cathay Pacific flights including some of the ones I took

How many epi-pens did you bring on board? 3

Any complaints from other passengers that you know of while on board? No

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On Oct 25, 2005

Is the consensus still that American Airlines is safe?

On Oct 25, 2005

We recently flew American Airlines from Los Angeles to Newark. They told us they do not serve peanuts and would have gotten my son a peanut free meal but he would not eat their food anyway. They said they would not make an announcement, this was on the phone weeks before.

Once we got to the airport my son asked one guy behind the desk at the gate and he said NO announcement. So we got on the plane and stopped at the stewardesses (or whatever they are called now) and they said [b]"Oh would you like us to make an announcement?"[/b]

And they made this wonderful announcement not asking but TELLING people to NOT OPEN OR EAT any peanut foods they may have brought on board the plane. The announcement was just great and forceful.

They came up to us numerous times during the 5 hour flight to ask was DS OK and was the announcement good enough?

I thought they were wonderful. I recommend American but you have to do a bit of phone work first and remember that the stewardess/steward is the one you need on your side.

Peggy

On Oct 25, 2005

We too flew American last year from Washington to Orlando. We had a great experience. We were able to preboard on all of our flights to wipe down DD's seat (only one gate agent out of four flights gave us any trouble and even then it was more annoyance on her part). Being new to flying with a PA allergic child, I didn't think to have an announcement made. On two of our flights passengers in our immediate area ate trail mix with peanuts, but DD did not react. I think that next time I would ask for an announcement. I cannot remember how many Epi-pens we had with us (maybe four because we were going to Disney for a few days). We did bring safe food and snacks for DD as well.

We also once flew US Airways when DD had only been diagnosed as egg allergic but I remember that they did not serve peanuts (but the snack was a may contain). I've generally found their flight attendants to be really good to deal with.

On Oct 25, 2005

hi - I consider American Airlines my safe-airline. The primary reason being that they do not serve peanuts as a snack, nor peanut butter crackers...so it just makes the whole travel thing a lot easier.

I've never had an announcement made, but I ask the head flight attendant to talk to the row immediately in front of me and behind me (and my row) and ask if they have a peanut-laden snack. If they do, then they can try to find them or me another seat. I've only had another passenger perturbed once, and there were a few empty seats for me to choose from. Of course, traveling as a single is easier :-)

That being said, I still do notify of the peanut allergy when I book my flight so my name gets "tagged".

I do not fly Delta or Southwest since (as someone else pointed out) there is peanut residue and odor everywhere. And, in general, those flight crews will see it as an inconvenience. But, I did have a good experience on Southwest last time I flew (6am flight, they traded the snack for pretzels and offered peanuts when folks were exiting the plane to appease the masses).

Adrienne

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

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