People bringing on food on airplanes

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 6:52am
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My son has a severe peanut allergy and we stopped flying with him after a particularly bad experience with Southwest Airlines about four years ago. In June our family is planning our first family reunion around our mother's 80th birthday and we'll be flying cross-country on United.

However, hasn't some airlines stopped serving meals completely due to security concerns with eating utensils after 9/11? Are passengers bringing their own food on board flights these days more than before? Since I haven't flown in awhile, I'm not sure what to expect.

Thanks.

Noreen

Posted on: Fri, 04/30/2004 - 4:27am
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Posted on: Fri, 04/30/2004 - 6:11am
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Some have stopped serving peanuts, but none will say they are peanut safe or peanut free.
Also, remember that bc others can and are bringing their own food on board, that peanuts maybe one of those foods. Check with the airlines customer service supervisior as well as the food manager on the day of your flight. I have heard of some airlines making an announcement over the PA that there is a PA child/person on board and to please keep their peanuts in their bags.
Or some airlines will work with you to ensure that the people around you are not served peanuts.

Posted on: Thu, 05/06/2004 - 1:54am
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Thanks for the update. We had a horrid flight three years ago on Southwest. I had called ahead of time to make sure the flights would not serve peanuts and was told pretzels would be served instead. My son was about 4yo at the time. When we arrive to check in at the gate, the message had not been relayed and peanuts were scheduled to be served. So I told the gate attendent I had called ahead and told peanuts would not be served and my son is highly allergic and has had contact reactions twice before and the only solution they could come up with is not to serve snack at all during the flight. So this stewardess gets up and announces on the intercom in a really snotty tone that no snack will be served during this flight since one of the children aboard has a peanut allergy. After the seatbelt light had turned off, I went back to have a talk to her about the severity of my son's allergy and told her how he has to give away at least half of his Halloween candy every year and how he usually can't eat cake at most of the birthday parties he goes to and that this kid's life is hard enough without some ditwit stewardess making him feel bad that the passengers can't have their peanut snack. By the end of our conversation she was in tears. Some people just don't get it.
Noreen
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Posted on: Thu, 05/06/2004 - 5:17am
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Um...Noreen, if you had her in tears, I think that she got it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Good for you. You had every right to put her in her place.

Posted on: Thu, 05/06/2004 - 5:27am
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Um...Noreen, if you had her in tears, I think that she got it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Good for you. You had every right to put her in her place.

Posted on: Thu, 05/06/2004 - 4:05pm
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I'm still steaming about that incident and it's been almost five years now. Having to stick up for my son for almost 9 years now, I can say it's taught me how to set strong limits with others and has gotten me in touch with my inner bitch, when necessary.
Noreen

Posted on: Wed, 05/12/2004 - 4:42am
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Shame Your not flying Virgin! the one we went on was COMPLETLY NUT FREE!!!

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