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Posted on: Fri, 06/04/2010 - 1:15am
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The subject of airline accommodations for peanut-allergic fliers is important, and we must make our voices heard.
However, the link you have posted is to something called The Regulation Room, which is a Cornell University discussion board - NOT the official DOT public comment area (see http://regulationroom.org/faq/)
For instructions on making an official comment,see FAAN's action alert on this: http://capwiz.com/foodallergy/issues/alert/?alertid=15106111&PROCESS=Read+More
To see the proposed rulemaking and submit official comments on this issue, go to: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#docketDetail?R=DOT-OST-2010-0140. Click on the .pdf icon to the right of "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Original Copy)”. The proposed rule related to peanut allergy can be seen on pp. 51-54 of the document.
These instructions are on page 3:
You may file comments identified by the docket number DOT-OST-2010-0140 by any of the following methods:
1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
2. Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
3. Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays
4. Fax: (202) 493-2251.
Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket number DOT-OST-2010-0140 or
the Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for the rulemaking at the beginning of your
comment.

Posted on: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 9:41am
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The Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking public comments on a
variety of airline-related issues, including ways to accommodate
passengers affected by peanut allergy. Let the DOT hear from you
today!
To see the Federal Register notice, and to submit a comment
electronically, click the link below:
http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#searchResults?Ne=11+8+8053+8098+8074+8066+8084+1&Ntt=DOT-OST-2010-0140&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchall&N=8099+8061+8056+8057+8058
Peanut allergy is addressed on page 32332 of the Federal Register notice.
Comments should be filed by August 9, 2010; however, DOT will consider
late-filed comments to the extent practicable. Comments can also be
sent by FAX (202) 493-2251, or can be mailed to Docket Management
Facility, US Dept of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Room
W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

Posted on: Thu, 08/08/2013 - 2:46pm
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I posted this same comment under the Airline Discussion Group:
I was on a flight last week that had two children with PN/TN allergies.
The attendant made an announcement to the passengers that two children had life threatening reactions to PN/TN and they were asked not to open any containers with PN/TN they may have brought on board.
Behind me was a lady (~70 year old) that made the statement "These are my nuts, I bought them for the flight, and I will eat my nut." I quickly turned to the lady and informed her—she has been warned—if she was to open her "container of nuts" and if any one of the children suffered an attack she could be charged with assault and GOD forbid, if one of the children suffered a fatal attack, she could be charged with a serious felony.
She then demanded from the attendant a replacement snack. The attendant was brilliant— she told the lady she would see what she could find that would satisfy her life-threatening need for a snack. I assume the attendant was a mom that may have a relative with a serious PN/TN condition.
People do not understand how serious of an issue PN/TN allergies are. Maybe it's because the condition is called an "ALLERGY" and they equate it to seasonal pollen allergies whereby medicine can alleviate or fix the symptoms.
Regulators and airlines need to use common sense and eliminate PN/TN from a confined space that is restricted in its ability to get a person to a hospital.

Posted on: Wed, 10/23/2013 - 7:55am
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Excellent analysis above!!!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 04/25/2011 - 7:03am
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We had our first experience this past Saturday, with our 5 y/o son having an allergic reaction to peanuts brought onto our United Airlines flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles. It was 5 of the most intense/stressful hours. I did not know to ask for a peanut free flight. Thankfully I had enough Benadryl for the flight and didn't have to use the Epipen. The flight attendant made the guy put the peanuts away, our flight was early and we were able to get him off the aircraft. Definately a lesson learned. The thought of what could have happened makes me shudder!

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