Peanuts not served on these lines...

Posted on: Mon, 05/31/1999 - 11:12am
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Glad to say, there are a couple of choices in Canada for holidays. Air Canada does not serve peanuts. Canada 3000 also doesn't serve peanuts.
As always it is advised that you bring your OWN FOOD on these flights and do not rely on ANY airline foods for allergic individuals.
It is also recommended that you carry 3 Epi-pens on holidays and have these accessible at all times (not overhead).
It is further recommended that you contact carrier before flying date and make them aware of your allergic person's flight.
Tossing a sheet (or similar) over seat of allergic flyer and handwashing (as always) before eating are also advised.
This is a bit of the information that was given at an Anaphylaxis conference held in Toronto, Ontario on May 30.

Posted on: Fri, 06/25/1999 - 7:25am
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My son and I flew with Air Canada recently and had a wonderful flight. We brought our own food, and told the stewardess that Justin was peanut allergic. She then asked us if we'd like to move seats (so we wouldn't be beside someone who was eating.) She also served our pop unopened just to be safe. We went up to see the pilots and they did not shake Justins hand because they had already ate. The staff were all very nice and very accomodating. I was very happy and will always travel with Air Canada.

Posted on: Fri, 06/25/1999 - 2:50pm
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As usual, the guys in Canada seem much more advanced in pa than their US counterparts. Reference my post earlier about Southwest Airlines - although they did not serve peanuts on our particular flights, there were leftover peanuts everywhere. My family has decided not to travel by air anymore unless we can be guaranteed of a completely pnt free airline.

Posted on: Wed, 07/07/1999 - 12:19pm
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I recently flew with Air BC which is a partner with Air Canada. When the flight attendant came around to take drink orders, I asked if they would be serving peanuts. She said NO, they don't serve peanuts at all anymore. I said I was relieved as my son is severely allergic, and then the lady in front of me turned around and told me that she is too! We had a good conversation about it, and I didn't feel so alone!
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Posted on: Fri, 07/16/1999 - 6:44am
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Are you sure about Air Canada being peanut free? I just changed tickets to England from Continental to Air Canada (at great expense) because Continental serves peanuts no matter what. When I made my reservation, AC assured me that peanuts were not served. Today, in response to my e-mail inquiry sent four days ago, AC wrote: we do (serve peanuts) on some flights at snack time not with a meal and they also have other snacks. rgds, [email]webmaster@aircanada.ca[/email]. This is my nightmare. I cannot call the AC headquarter offices back until Monday. Our flight is Wed! Any ideas on who to call?

Posted on: Fri, 07/16/1999 - 12:05pm
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Louise:
Air Canada does not serve peanuts for snacks anymore. I have checked this our several times myself and only fly Air Canada now. There was an article in the AAIA of Canada newsletter a while back about their decision to eliminate the peanuts. I'm not sure if the following 800 number works from the US, but I also have a direct number for you to their Montreal office: 1-800-361-8620 or 514-393-3333. I hope you are able to contact them and get the reassurance that it will be a peanut free (snack anyway) flight for you. Please let us know if anything has changed with their no peanuts policy if they advise you anything different.
Mark

Posted on: Sun, 07/18/1999 - 1:31pm
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Mark, thanks for the info on Air Canada. I will be calling them "during regular business hours" tomorrow. The phone numbers give me a place to start. Thanks again.

Posted on: Wed, 07/21/1999 - 1:40am
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I received a call July 21, 1999 at 2:25 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) from John Bercamp who stated he was the executive chef for North America. He was returning a call that I had made inquiring about Air Canada's peanut policy. In brief what he left in his message was that he was calling to "explain a little bit our peanut policy". He said "what we cannot guarantee is that there will be no peanut products on board the plane". "what we mean" "we can't obviously screen our passengers to ensure that they don't bring peanuts onboard". "all the snacks we provide are definitely peanut free, and they have no contact with peanut source. Our food although we spec no peanuts in our recipes (ah) we cannot guarantee that one of the suppliers of one of our food items had had that (frosted?) contact with peanut or peanut oils this type of thing" What they suggest is "bring your own food onboard" "definitely have medications with them"
We will be contacting him (and the airline) again to be sure he understands peanut allergy etc. The spelling of his name and the word frosted will be checked to be sure that is the word he left in his message, someone is flying with them today and we wanted to let them know what we found out so far.
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Posted on: Sun, 07/25/1999 - 12:01am
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Please see my new posting (dated 7/18) under "Northwest" -- I probably should have posted it here instead. Re: Epi-pens, per the advise of a couple docs, we carried 6 Epi-pens with us on our recent flights -- figuring in the worst case this would give us an hour's worth of medication until we landed and received help. We also carried a steriod and Benadryl per advise from allergist. When I asked if it was safe to give 6 Epi-pens in an hour to a 16-month-old, I was told if he is still reacting after 3, it is better to do this than do nothing. We do not know if Grant is allergic to airborne or touch. The allergist (before realizing we requested a peanut-free flight) suggested I open a jar of peanuts with Grant in the same room to see what would happen. We haven't done this -- quite frankly, I'm very scared to do so and don't want to put him through an unnecessary risk, at the same time, if it yielded no reaction, it sure would ease my mind when traveling again. Has anyone heard of this "test" or tried it?

Posted on: Thu, 08/05/1999 - 11:54am
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NINA I would not do the open jar test. My son reacted in the lunchroom at school when the kids where served peanut butter sandwiches.It smelled like a peanut butter factory. The doctor told use that it was because he had been around the smell so many times that he had become more allergic. I am not sure what the science is to this, but if I had it to do over I would not have let him be around it at all. Also he did not react until the 3rd or 4th time he smelled it at school. I would just try to get the flight peanut free. Good luck!!!!

Posted on: Sun, 08/08/1999 - 10:04pm
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I am the family who traveled on July 21 to London on Air Canada. It was a safe, uneventful trip. My thanks to Chris and Mark for their help in my last-minute efforts to insure my son's safety on our flight. My number one piece of advice is to be sure to verify the peanut policy with an airline BEFORE making any sort of airline reservation. Don't just check one source at the airline. Try to get an official policy statement, perhaps with a number. Air Canada does not serve peanuts, I can tell you that for sure. However, we were airborne only a short time when, for a snack we were offered, potato chips (cooked in "vegetable" oil), a small bag of nuts, or a chocolate wafer-type snack. The second piece of advice is, of course, to take all of your own food, at least for the child. The third piece of advice is to fly only peanut free airlines. Even if they don't serve peanuts on your flight, the peanuts will be all over the floor and in the air. You absolutely cannot take this kind of a risk on a long flight over a large body of water. Just don't do it! We lost a great deal of money when we had to cancel our flight on Continental at the last minute to schedule a safe flight for me and my son on Air Canada. The other three members of my family arrived at a different time, on a different airline at a different airport in London. This too, added to the expense. Plus, we missed each other during the long flight. But, we had no choice. We had to be safe. Next time we will book everyone on Air Canada. After I verify their peanut policy hasn't changed.

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