Recent United/Am West flights?

Posted on: Mon, 09/04/2006 - 3:10pm
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Has anyone flown United/America West/Mesa since they quit serving peanuts? We are trying to book flights for Christmas before it gets too expensive and we are trying to get the best deal. American services our route but is not the cheapest. Any input is greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!!

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 11:22am
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My family and I (including my PA 4yo ds) are flying to Phoenix from Atlanta this Thursday. I'll let you know how it goes when I get back.
I did recently fly Delta (w/o ds) and they are definitely NOT safe, as peanuts were served. We all flew American in July and no peanuts were served, although the snacks they passed out were labeled "processed in a facility." Ds did fine on those flights.
Wish us luck!
~Jenn

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 11:25am
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Hi TXmomnAZ,
I live in Northern Az but haven't flown Am West/USAIR since the 'no peanut' policy, so can't help you on this....sorry!
But I see that you're in AZ and you're new on the boards. If you are in PHX - it's my understanding that there is an active support group in the valley. AHensley has info on it.
Frontier is pretty good if they go where you are going.
I have a flight in a few weeks on Southwest. Oh joy....
cheers,
Adele
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Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 2:51pm
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Hey Jenn - definately good luck on the flights! We are actually looking to go from Tucson to Atlanta in December so let us know how it goes. I think either way, we will have a stop in Phoenix or Las Vegas on our trip. Have a great trip!
Kelly

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 2:56pm
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Hi Adele! I have read many of your posts and love the helpful info you give! I have been reading on here for quite a while before I started posting. There is so much info to take in!
We are actually down by Ft. Huachuca/Sierra Vista aka the middle of nowhere! I would love to join a group but I dont think that there is one locally [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] and most people here think that we over react to DS' allergies.
Unfortunately, Frontier doesnt service our route this time, and I refuse to fly Southwest! DS has had 2 airborne reactions to PN and my nerves cannot take risking it for a cheaper flight.
Good Luck on your trip!!! Hope it goes well! Kelly

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2006 - 2:21am
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We flew on United 2 weeks ago with our PA daughter. Compared to JetBlue and Delta, I found all of the crews (4 flights) to be clueless. When I told them of the allergy, every person just told me "we stopped serving peanuts years ago." There was no attempt to ask me if I needed a peanut-free zone and no announcements were ever made (as had been done for our past JetBlue and Delta flights...without even asking). They handled it as a non-issue. Luckily, no one around us was eating peanuts. The pretzels they served had a may contain warning on them.

Posted on: Fri, 09/15/2006 - 9:13am
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Well, we're back home from our trip! Finally! We went from Atlanta to Phoenix and back.
True to their word, USAirways/American West did not serve packages of peanuts on their flights. Heard another passenger ask and a flight attendant say that they don't do that anymore. Yay!
The pretzels they hand out with the drink service are made in a facility with peanuts. Also, they offered 3 kinds of "meals" (for $5 each, bring your cash!)--a chicken caesar sandwich, a fruit and cheese plate, and a snack box. Neither my dh nor I tried the sandwich. I got a fruit plate on the way back and we all shared it with no problem. It was actually really good. On the way to PHX, my dh and I got snack boxes, because they were out of the fruit plate and we were starving--packed safe snacks for PA ds and non-PA dd, but forgot about dh and me! D'oh!
Most of the food in the snack boxes was contaminated or unmarked. We ended up allowing my son to have the chips and salsa which was no problem although I was a bit nervous because I was unfamiliar with the company. It was marked for other allergens. It was a risk, I know. The other food in the snack box was Nestle Crunch bite size pieces--obviously contaminated, breadsticks and a substance I hesitate to call cheese although that's how it was marked. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img])
If I flew this airline again, I would pack tons of food for us and possibly buy the fruit and cheese plate again. Oh, another reason to bring your own food is that they stated outright that there was not enough food for everyone on the plane! The people in the back got nothing on both flights because they were out of everything. So if you want something, get a seat in the front.
On another note, I'm so disappointed with the way I was treated over nursing and holding my 17 month old dd that I don't think I would fly them again. I was forced to put her in an adult seatbelt during takeoff (!)--the whole thing was rude and inappropriate and as it turns out, a parent DOES have the right to hold an under 2yo child at any point in the flight. Which is what I told the flight attendant, who insisted he was right and threatened to stop the plane pushing back from the terminal until I complied. He later apologized, but still!
But I digress....!
Hope this helps,
~Jenn
Mommy to Ryan, "The Question Man", 4.5yo, PA
and Morgan, "Boy, that kid sure has a good set of lungs", 17mo, NKA

Posted on: Sat, 09/16/2006 - 3:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by kcjenn:
[b] I was forced to put her in an adult seatbelt during takeoff (!)--the whole thing was rude and inappropriate and as it turns out, a parent DOES have the right to hold an under 2yo child at any point in the flight. Which is what I told the flight attendant, who insisted he was right and threatened to stop the plane pushing back from the terminal until I complied.
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That is just shocking! I would strongly encourage you to write a letter about that. It almost seems dangerous to put a child that small in an adult seatbelt!...And then to make it into a scene about it? How humiliating! I would have been fuming. They owe you a free rountrip if you ask me! [url="http://www.thesmilies.com"][/url]
On another note, glad to know that they are staying true to their word regarding the peanuts. We will be flying with them in a few weeks to Disney! Thanks for the update!

Posted on: Sat, 09/16/2006 - 4:47am
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I agree that a child of that size is probably not restrained adequately by an adult seatbelt on an aircraft.
But, a baby held on a lap is also not restrained. In the event of an accident on take off or landing, the baby is absolutely not safe in your lap. Airlines allow it for children under the age of two but recommend you purchase a seat for the child and bring a car seat for the baby.
I know it's expensive to purchase an additional seat, but it is so much safer.

Posted on: Sat, 09/16/2006 - 4:57am
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Thanks, MimiM and Adele. To clarify, we did purchase a seat for her and that's the one I was made to put her in. Since we did not bring a carseat for her (will do so next time, because yes it is safer), I was told that she had to be in the adult seat with the adult seatbelt. My kid was denied being able to be in a parent's lap simply because we had shelled out big bucks for her seat! As I said, the flight attendant admitted to getting the facts wrong, but that was after a very loud and rude confrontation (I admit my part to the loudness and probably the rudeness, but I had my Mama Bear back up!). I wish I had had my wits about me to insist on a loud apology, too, because I'm sure the other passengers just think I was over the top! I'm not a rules-breaker, really I'm a goody two shoes type!
Anyway, thanks for your comments. And they were good about the peanuts, so that's a step in the right direction for all of us here at PA.com.
~Jenn

Posted on: Sat, 09/16/2006 - 12:16pm
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The orginal post asked about United. My DH and DS flew them last summer (Houston-Portland, OR-Denver-Houston), and no peanuts. You could buy a boxed snack, and most of those were may contains, but that's not such a concern. One of the snack boxes included sunbutter--the kind we buy!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
They had switched from Continental because of their (stupid) policy, and the folks at United were fabulous.
We do not expect an announcement--ever. Delta Connection did it unexpectedly this summer when they flew to Pittsburgh from Houston--they made the small plane peanut free for them. I was nervous anyway, of course, about residue, was ticked at DH for making those reservations, but things were fine.
Anyway, the folks at United were a bit knowledgeable and very helpful. We love United and American.

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