DOT considering peanuts on flights - please let our voice be heard

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2010 - 10:22am
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The US Department of Transportation is considering peanut allergies in air travel:

This is a chance to make your voice heard! Comments may be submitted here:http://regulationroom.org/airline-passenger-rights/peanut-allergies/#reg...

I hope you all will submit something and cast a vote for peanuts being an issue when traveling so we hopefully can make some change with the airlines and make traveling safer for our kids. Please forward to all your friends with pea(nut) allergies.

jordnoedder

Posted on: Sat, 06/05/2010 - 12:31pm
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I left a comment and voted! It's great that they are even considering this.

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 5:48am
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Thanks for sharing!
It's done!

Posted on: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 9:44am
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It is probably best to officially submit comments directly to the DOT through its public comment feature, as indicated in the following announcement:
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking public comments on a variety of airline-related issues, including ways to accommodate passengers affected by peanut allergy. Let the DOT hear from you today!
To see the Federal Register notice, and to submit a comment electronically, click the link below:
http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#searchResults?Ne=11+8+8053+8098+8074+8066+8084+1&Ntt=DOT-OST-2010-0140&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchall&N=8099+8061+8056+8057+8058
Peanut allergy is addressed on page 32332 of the Federal Register notice.
Comments should be filed by August 9, 2010; however, DOT will consider late-filed comments to the extent practicable. Comments can also be sent by FAX (202) 493-2251, or can be mailed to Docket Management Facility, US Dept of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

Posted on: Mon, 06/14/2010 - 6:42am
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Yes Cookie is absolutely right. I submitted a post on both the website as well as by email directly to DOT.

Posted on: Mon, 06/14/2010 - 1:13pm
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Ban peanuts on airlines. Join the Facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124970987542118

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/2010 - 3:42pm
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I have been allergic to peanuts for 65 years. This past 2 years I have been treated very badly whenever I fly. My flight on Delta in May from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis identified me and then announced the 4 aisle buffer zone.
Last summer on a flight to Seattle the gate employees for Northwest told me that "maybe I should drive if I was that allergic to peanuts".
There has to be some help because I feel as if this is reverse discrimination and I don't plan on giving up flying.... i just always have my EpiPen current and close by.
Thank you.
wyogal45

Posted on: Thu, 11/25/2010 - 3:20pm
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Posted on: Tue, 11/30/2010 - 5:54am
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My son is 7 years old and I know when we fly United that they very graciously have made the entire flight peanut/nut free. The problem still is when people aren't completely paying attention when it is announced. Thankfully my mother when she flew with him to TX told a nice lady to put them away unless she wanted to harm a child. I think it is much easier for us adults to advocate for our children then it is for some adults to speak to others that don't deal with it. I believe that banning nuts on flights would just make it easier, again the problem is those that don't deal with these types of allergies that think it's such an easy fix!!

Posted on: Fri, 06/04/2010 - 1:17am
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The subject of airline accommodations for peanut-allergic fliers is important, and we must make our voices heard.
However, the link you have posted is to something called The Regulation Room, which is a Cornell University discussion board - NOT the official DOT public comment area (see http://regulationroom.org/faq/)
For instructions on making an official comment,see FAAN's action alert on this: http://capwiz.com/foodallergy/issues/alert/?alertid=15106111&PROCESS=Rea...
To see the proposed rulemaking and submit official comments on this issue, go to: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#docketDetail?R=DOT-OST-.... Click on the .pdf icon to the right of "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Original Copy)”. The proposed rule related to peanut allergy can be seen on pp. 51-54 of the document.
These instructions are on page 3:
You may file comments identified by the docket number DOT-OST-2010-0140 by any of the following methods:
1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
2. Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
3. Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays
4. Fax: (202) 493-2251.
Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket number DOT-OST-2010-0140 or
the Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for the rulemaking at the beginning of your
comment.

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