Seeking advice&support about concerns of an airborn reaction on plane

Posted on: Sun, 02/24/2008 - 9:06am
LDR's picture
Joined: 09/28/2001 - 09:00

I planned a trip to Disney for my kids next month. This is their first time on a plane--I've always been concerned about flying with PA. I have a 7 year old and 3 year old with FA. I know from reading this board to call the airline, wipe down the seat, birng my own food--but I'm still scared about something happening on the plane. I flew recently and there are nuts everywhere! Even if an announcement is made, I can't guarentee that someone is not going to eat the nuts that they brought along for the flight.

How likely is it that someone can have an airborn reaction?

Posted on: Sun, 02/24/2008 - 1:26pm
Marcela's picture
Joined: 11/09/2007 - 00:13

I know how you feel and it's scary. But you know the precautions to take and that's all you can do short of not going, which I'm sure you don't want to do. Do you know if the airline you are using serves nuts? We went with an airline that does not. Even so, there was a woman right in front of us eating shelled nuts and my husband asked her if she could not eat them because of Sofia's allergy and she was very understanding. I don't know the likelyhood of an airborn reaction.
Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 02/25/2008 - 11:00am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

I know it is a scary thing... I took my family to Disney over the summer. we flew on Jet Blue. They do not serve pkg peanuts. they made an announcement at the beining of the flight and asked that passengers refrain from eating any nuts.. I have a sister that used to work for an airline. One of the flight attendants has a peanut allergy. She flys for a living! I think that chances are pretty slim that you will have a problem. If no one is eating them and especially if there are only may contains. I am more concerned with the try table that pops open.. cause you don't know who or what was eaten on the last flight. I just make sure that is clean and the seats wipe down.
Go an enjoy your self! Disney is a blast and they are great with food allergies!
PS I am flying with my PA son next month to DC.

Posted on: Tue, 02/26/2008 - 12:09am
mpeters's picture
Joined: 10/28/2001 - 09:00

You have probably already looked at the airlines forum. Years ago I posted about my daughter's reaction. She was 3 at the time and although we had requested the peanut free flight and reminded them at the check-in desk, there was a communication breakdown at the flight level. Lesson learned, [b]always remind them again at the gate desk at every leg of your trip[/b]. The result was peanuts were served to about half or three quarters of the peaople before we realized. My daughter and I were at the back, and my husband was four rows ahead of us so he caught it. They served pretzels for the remaining people so the peanuts stopped before reaching her. She did have itching, watering eyes, sneezing, runny nose, a rash on her body and a moderate exacerbation of her asthma. I think it was because of the concentration of airborne peanut with everyone opening and crunching at once in a small, enclosed space. I had all her meds on board and treated her with everything except the epi. (in order to avoid trauma and trip to ER, but please don't take that as advice, do what is right for your child) She was OK in the end. It was a bit scary and the flight attendant felt terrible. We have not flown since, but I am sure we will again.

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