United Meals?


Just got off the phone with United. They told me they do not serve any peanuts on any of their flights (which I had already heard about from this wonderful site). When I asked about what would be served on our specific flight, she mentioned it would be a boxed meal with a sandwich, chips and some sort of dessert such as a cookie. My question is.....does anyone know if we need to worry about the dessert (the United rep. didn't know what kind of desserts are served). My guess is that I don't have to worry too much about the sandwich and chips (as long as it's not PB&J), but the dessert I'm a little wary of. Anyone out there flown United when a lunch meal was served?

On Jun 7, 2003

Double check what the sandwich is. We ordered the kids meal a few years back and received a PB&J sandwich. We had told them of our sons allergy and still got the PB&J.

On Jun 7, 2003

It's been awhile since I've had a meal on any flight since they're cutting back on those to save $. Do you know that you'll have a meal or just a snack? The desserts that I remember have been brownies (w/walnuts) and shortbread cookies. But the brownies was probably a year ago so don't know if that helps.

On Jun 7, 2003

I bring my son's food with us. I have a pretty relaxed comfort zone on the ground, but I would never trust airline food at 30,000 feet. The decision is up to each person, but I know FAAN recommends against PA people eating any airline food. I have heard Anne Munoz Furlong talk about the tours she has taken through the food prep areas for airline food vendors. She says there are not adequate provisions to protect against cross-contamination.

Everybody has to make this decision for himself or herself, hope I don't sound too dogmatic. The problem is, once you're in the air, there's no ER.

On Jun 7, 2003

Thanks for your replies. I guess the best thing I can do is to bring our own food for my son. Like Sandra said, it's not worth taking the chance when you're 30,000 feet up in the air.

On Jun 8, 2003

This summer we'll be taking a 14 hour flight. That's a lot of food! I'm going to bring all my son's food with us. I'm planning to stick with foods he has eaten many times before. On a very short flight I would prefer he simply not eat at all while in the air. We're planning to go on United also.

On Jun 8, 2003

We have received a cookie with a clear "may contain" warning in a "peanut free" kid's meal, on United. I do feel very comfortable flying on United, but I wouldn't trust their food 100%. Miriam

On Jun 10, 2003

United claims to be peanut free, but when I flew them this past January in the am, they served a chex mix trail mix as the snack. Because I have problems with breathing in the dust, I had to lock myself in the bathroom & then cleaned my seat off before I was able to return to normal.

On Jun 11, 2003

I believe that the chex mix has almonds not peanuts, for whatever help that offers.

We try to schedule flights during non-meal hours whenever possible, never eat any snacks or meals (if timing doesn't work) served by the airline, generally travel as early in morning as possible to minimize chance of nutty foods being served or brought on by passengers.

However, we were on a morning United flight where a breakfast cereal was served with almonds. Only a few per pack, but naturally someone dropped the cereal envelope next to our seats and 3 almonds rolled out!

We did not have any kind of reaction though-aside from my husband grabbing them as they hit the ground!

On Dec 25, 2003

hey suzaloo, how did this flight go. we're considering United from some of the threads here for a trip from toronto to sandiego in feb. Any other thoughts or experiences on United from anyone recently??

On Dec 25, 2003

We flew United from Chicago to Seoul at the end of October. They served nuts as a snack (but not peanuts). I brought food for my son to eat, so he did not eat any airline meals. The rest of us did eat the meals. My son had spaghettios in small pull-top cans, bread-and-butter, safe cereal in those tiny boxes (my son adores those boxes and likes to eat the cereal dry), Wheat Thins, and some other semi-nutritious snacks that substituted as meals. The airline served several snacks that he was able to eat--packaged Lays potato chips, Oreos, etc., and he had beverages that they served, but he didn't eat any prepared meals.

Also, I found it interesting that when they were passing out the bags of nuts, my kids didn't get any, even though we did not mention allergies to the attendants. Maybe it is their policy not to serve nuts to kids? If so, it is a good policy.

On Dec 25, 2003

When we flew United last summer, they served a snack that had almonds in it. We didn't let DS eat any airline food (we brought our own). Everything went smoothly. I would feel comfortable flying with them again.

On Dec 26, 2003


Originally posted by Sandra Y: [b]The problem is, once you're in the air, there's no ER.[/b]

[i]Interesting Point.[/i] (As I consider many medical emergencies that can occur. Endocrine/Metabolic (diabetes for example), Cardiac, Neurological, Vascular, Pulmonary, etc.)

Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form.

On Dec 28, 2003

We're planning a trip to San Diego from Toronto in Feb. We have a choice of many different airlines including United, AA, NW, Delta and others. All have a stopover at their respective hubs, and none seem to be clearly nut free. We dont plan to serve our pa daughter any of the food, but it would be nice if there were no nuts being served. Trying to choose an airline to travel with...any suggestions?

On Dec 29, 2003

I am not airborne allergic. But, I have had good success flying on Northwest. Just tell the agent that you are nut allergic when you book or call the phone number. They used to have a number you could call that would notify the flight attendants prior to departure that a PA traveler is on the flight. They would make an announcement prior to takeoff that peanuts should not be consumed in flight. Hope that helps.

Also have flown Delta quite a bit and they seem to be catching on ever so slowly.

On Jan 2, 2004

Here are the responses i got...

United: Thank you for contacting us. I understand your concern regarding peanut allergies. Please know that United does not serve peanuts or peanut-based products. However, we cannot guarantee that a United flight will be peanut free; other passengers may carry on peanuts or peanut-based products with their personal items for in-flight use. Also, there is the possibility that some food items come from facilities that also manufacture products that may contain peanuts or peanut oils. Passenger safety is so very important to us. May we suggest you take necessary precautions for your situation since policy varies among all carriers, including United Express and our partner airlines. We appreciate this opportunity to respond and look forward to serving you.

Northwest: (i lost the email) but it said that they will offer one row in front and one behind that is peanut free, but they offer peanut snacks.

Of the two i definately prefer United.

On Jan 20, 2004

Anyone recently flown United & pushed (successfully or not) to have the TREE NUT- containing snacks removed/not served in-flight?


On Jan 21, 2004

ajas_folks, I haven't tried, but I wish I had. I hope you will try and get success. I don't know [b]why[/b] the airlines seem to feel that peanuts and tree nuts go hand in hand with airline travel!!!

We normally do fly United but it bothers me that they serve the tree nut snacks. Fortunately, my dd who is pa and tna has not reacted at all on any flights.

Just had to vent!


On Jan 21, 2004

Well we are now officially booked on a United flight from toronto to san diego in mid february, so hopefully, they stay true to their word and dont serve peanuts. Unfortunately, as i've read here they seem to want to stick to the other nuts for snacks. I hope it wont be a problem! Hoping for the best.