United experience/bankruptcies

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Just returned from vacation using United. They served snack mixes with almonds (which I knew was a possibility)...DS did fine allergy-wise (he is PA and we are also keeping away from all TNs until we know more)..but flying with a 2-year-old is quite an adventure. I was frustrated by United's not letting people with young children "pre-board" anymore (maybe security reasons?)...because it's so hard to wrestle with with car seat (and try to wipe down the seating area of food residue!) while people are trying to board all around you. For one leg I pled "peanut-allergic" to try to get on early to wipe down the area and the gate agent reluctantly let us do that.

On aother note, I'm sad to see that U.S. Airways already has and and now United possibly will declare bankruptcy. The two major airlines that don't serve peanut snacks! I hope things start to turn around for this industry.

On Aug 15, 2002

It has been at least 3 years since most major airlines quit offering pre-boarding for those needing "special assistance." UAL's supposed reason was that pre-boarding was less efficient & actually caused delays for the subsequent regular passenger boarding. (Something about not-in-order of seats from rear-to-front causing problems. Total poopie, if you ask me.) After some dolt passenger nearly smashed our then-infant son's head with his over-sized bag going into small overhead bin, I've since always strongly insisted on pre-boarding with my kids for their safety & I usually get my way. (Sometimes I'm sweet as can be about the request & other times I'm pushy as ****. Depends on my caffeine consumption & the time of day, I suppose.)

As for the bankruptcies, so far look for mostly uninterrupted service from both USAir & UAL as long as their filing is Chapter 11 --a reorganization without cessation of operations. The real loss of service will be to the smaller communities served by these airlines. Those communities just are not profitable enough for a jet-fuel-guzzling-Boeing to service. That will mean regional airline or feeder/express service for those communities at best -- and thus possible peanut problems. Hopefully, neither major airline will get some "bright" idea to add peanut service back into their mainline ops!

On Aug 16, 2002

I don't know what flight you were on, but I just recently flew on United and they asked me if I wanted to board early when I mentioned my PA. I chose not to-I just restated that my allergy was life-threatening, and I needed them to know about it.

I heard about the bankruptcy too, and I certainly HOPE they don't change their policy. Not only did I have a good flight, but they were very nice about my allergy coming back to Chicago.

On Aug 21, 2002

Fuzzyfurball, did United serve plain M and M`s? We just flew them yesterday, and I was shocked when they served them.

On Aug 21, 2002

Carefulmom,

Neither of my flights served M&M's. In fact, on my flight back to Chicago, the flight attendants asked me if almonds were okay to serve. I said yes, b/c I am ONLY allergic to peanuts. I am glad I am ONLY allergic to peanuts and that I have never had a reaction to tree nuts,b/c the smell in there about nauseated me. I can ONLY imagine what it would smell like if it was peanuts.

I can personally tolerate M&M's- (the plain kind)NOT TO EAT- but to have in the air, but I don't know about 200 packs of them. May contain peaunut products usually don't affect me.

But, I can understand you being concerned. I have read many of your posts and your comfort level is MUCH lower than mine. Besides, because *I* am the one that's allergic, I know my limits!

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