Peanut-Free Flights, The ONLY way to fly.

Posted on: Fri, 05/14/1999 - 2:14pm
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I'm 50 and a sufferer. I'm intrigued by these discussions, I had no idea there were so many young children with this allergy. For them (and me), the smell of peanuts anywhere on a plane, because of the ventilators, is immediately toxic, like inhaling gasoline or ammonia. Peanut free zones won't work. I know it's harsh, but I would not take a severly allergic person on a plane unless it's a peanut free flight. It's the snacks that get me. I guess it's the volume of peanut dust that gets in the air. Other people's cookies aren't the problem (for me). If your child is so allergic that other people's cookies bother him or her (and it's quite possible), I have to say that personally, I wouldn't risk air travel. I wish there was another answer.

Posted on: Fri, 05/14/1999 - 11:32pm
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This is my first posting I am brand new at this! We have a peanut allergic four year old(just recently diagnosed)and we had a trip to Disney planned. We are going to be flying United because they are now NOT serving peanuts as snacks on their flights. We will have to change planes, as their is not a direct flight from our airport, but I'd much rather do this than have the peanuts be passed out or have them been passed out on our plane on previous flights. Hope this is helpful!

Posted on: Sat, 05/15/1999 - 3:04pm
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Hi,
We just got back from Disney a week ago and flew Southwest Airlines. While they did not serve peanuts, they were all over the plane from previous flights. However, my 2 yr old Matthew did not react to them, although he tested off the charts on the skin allergy test. While this was an extremely stressful situation, and I don't intend to travel by air anytime again in the near future, I hope this experience might ease other's minds about the air travel experience.
Stay Safe, Debbie

Posted on: Sun, 06/06/1999 - 12:42pm
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Hi Debbie,
We are heading to Disney on Wednesday and I was wondering what you did for your son on the plane(wiping down surfaces, etc...). Were you a nervous wreck? I feel very anxious, even flying on a peanut-free plane(at least as far as snacks provided by United). It is amazing how this all gets to you, huh? Any advice and encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Carrie

Posted on: Sun, 06/06/1999 - 10:03pm
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The previous message was posted late last night. Thought I'd post it again this morning in hopes for some feedback. Have a great day!
Carrie

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/1999 - 11:37am
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Hi Carrie,
Yes, I was a nervous wreck. The first leg of the flight (we had a connection in Houston) was nice, as it was an early a.m. flight and the plane was clean, and no peanuts were served. The connect was a nightmare. Southwest didn't even have the p.a. noted in our file, and told me they'd do the best they could to have the plane clean. I boarded ahead of time to wipe down seats and trays, but there were peanuts all over the floor from previous flights. I reminded the flight attendants about the allergy, and was told pnts would not be served. Much to my horror, after the plane was in the air, passengers started opening their pnts from previous flights and the flight attendants did nothing about it. Fortunately, my son didn't react to the airborne particles, but we did notice that his exzema flaired up after that. The flight back was pretty much a repeat of the flight over.
Maybe you will have a better experience on your flight. I think the main thing is to be assured that peanuts will not be served that day on any of the flights that your plane flies, but I understand that is a big order for any airlines. Good luck to you and stay safe.

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/1999 - 11:40am
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Carrie,
I forgot to tell you have fun at Disney. We found it a truly wonderful place to be if you have to deal with peanut allergy. We felt safe at all the parks, and also visited Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and felt safe at those parks too.

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/1999 - 12:07pm
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Thanks, Debbie. I hope our trip is as successful as yours. Take care.
Carrie

Posted on: Fri, 06/11/1999 - 5:30am
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Do any of you think that an airline would make an announcement in the beginning of the flight "requesting" that passengers do not open packages containing peanuts, because of a severe allergy? If United is now Pn free they understand our plight, but it doesn't help with other passengers bringing their own stash, as stated above.

Posted on: Sun, 06/27/1999 - 7:30am
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I just posted a new topic about this. I went on Delta and they served peanuts, even though my Dad asked them not to. I spent most of the time in the bathroom!! Don't go Delta... I'm very upset I had to go through that. Once you step on the plane tehre isn't much way to get away from the nuts.

Posted on: Sun, 05/14/2000 - 3:52am
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I'm 26 yrs old male from the United Kingdom. I been a sufferer of peanuts since I was found out at the age of 5 yrs old.....
My allergy doesn't extend to a fatal situation, but causes me to have skin blisters and rashes, swelling all over my body and general itching. Its caused by even peanut/nut residue.
Recently I went on hoilday to Singapore via Singapore Airlines. I did get the airline to make sure that they didn't serve me any food products that contained peanuts/nuts. And true to their word they didn't. They even made sure that the on-board staff took precautions to eliminate cross-containation of food from peanut residue. Although they did serve peanuts to the other passengers on the flight from and to Singapore. This was something they said they couldn't stop. Although the smell of peanuts gives me a tingling senesation in the back of my throat I can tolerate it upto a certain extent. I managed to get through the flights but It would have been nice to have a nut-free flights. If anyone could post/e-mail with a list of airlines which do nut-free flights. It would be appreciated.
Also if there are any sufferers of my age please get in contact with me.
I would like to say to all the kids that I know what their going through, not being able to be free to choose foods and having to be careful of peanut residue. I remember being seen as a freak of nature when I was younger not just by kids my own age, but other parents/adults who should have known better. At that time, late 70's/early 80's, nut/peanut allegies were unknown and seemed to be a minority problem. I'm glad that you someone has set up this web site to address this problem.
Thanks.
Hope to hear from the regulars of this BB soon.
RIZZY.

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