Are Flying The Friendly Skies Friendly Enough For Those With A Peanut Allergy?

Delta Airlines rolled out a welcome peanut policy designed to protect people with allergies but how do all the airlines stack up in controlling on-board food allergens?

Why Did You Visit This Website?
I have a peanut and/or nut allergy
100%
A family member has a peanut and/or nut allergy
0%
I might have a peanut and/or nut allergy
0%
I am just looking for information
0%
Total votes: 3

Delta

Delta’s policy reads: “When you notify us that you have a peanut allergy, we'll refrain from serving peanuts and peanut products onboard your flight. We'll also advise cabin service to board additional non-peanut snacks, which will allow our flight attendants to serve these snack items to everyone within this area. Gate agents will be notified in case you'd like to pre-board and cleanse the immediate seating area. We'll do everything we can, but unfortunately, we still can't guarantee that the flight will be completely peanut-free.”

It’s a step in the right direction. Delta also offers gluten-free meals on longer trans-continental and trans-oceanic flights. Reservations for those meals can be made 12 hours in advance.

American Airlines

American Airlines does not serve peanuts in-flight, but they may serve other nuts and do not promise a peanut-free flight. American does offer gluten-free meals if you reserve one day in advance.

Continental

Like American, Continental Airlines does not serve peanuts in-flight. They also offer gluten-free and vegan meals if reserved 24 hours in advance of a flight.

Southwest Airlines

Long known for being “nuts”, Southwest normally serves peanuts in-flight. They will substitute upon request.

US Airways

US Airways is not particularly sensitive to nut allergies. They do not accommodate peanut-free snack requests. They do, however, offer a vegan and gluten-free meal with 24-hour notice.

United Airlines

United does not serve peanuts or food prepared with peanut oil. They do not guarantee prepackaged food made by third parties. Glute-free and vegan meals are available by reservation.

Good to keep in mind

Southwest strongly recommends that you make reservations by phone rather than on-line and let the agent know about your allergy. They also note their early morning flights are the cleanest and recommend people with food sensitivities reserve those flights first. That’s good advice to use for any airline.

Source: Delta Airlines, About.com
Photo: Px Here

Community

Latest Post by blprestangen Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:06pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by mom2two Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:03pm
Comments: 18
Latest Post by Kathryn Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:02pm
Comments: 7

More Articles

Parents of children with food allergies often share tips about safe foods, allergy-friendly restaurants, and other experiences and challenges of...

Because food allergies are so common among children today, a great idea for sharing information with other classmates is to incorporate the topic...

When a child is diagnosed with peanut allergy, the implications ripple past the parents to rattle the rest of us - older siblings, grandparents,...

Your best defense against anaphylactic shock is to know what you’re up against. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction....

Inhalers Sometimes Contain Soy

Many people use inhalers to take the drug albuterol to help their asthma or allergies, and those with COPD...

More Articles

More Articles

Some people with shellfish allergy have concerns about consuming sea salt that might be contaminated with traces of shellfish. Though there are...

Nearly 25 percent of children with a peanut allergy will outgrow it. However, there is a small risk...

Many people managing food allergies understand that allergy is an immune system response to a specific food. What people may not realize is that...

Salmonella Is One of the Most Common Types of Food Poisoning

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Salmonella enterocolitis...

Heading into spring and Allergy and Asthma Awareness month, many people load up on antihistamines and get their inhaler prescriptions renewed. A...

Individuals with severe food allergies always need to carry their epinephrine auto-injectors, but even highly organized individuals sometimes...

Those hoping that epinephrine auto-injectors would be required by law on all U.S. flights will have to hold that hope a while longer. The...

It’s hard to think of Chinese food without thinking of peanuts. China is the world’s leading peanut producer, and that’s not a coincidence....

A young food allergic child is unlikely to say, “My throat is swelling and I’m having difficulty swallowing - I think I’m having an allergic...

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of people with disabilities, including those with asthma and allergies. A disability...

Although it's true that peanuts are in many snack items, there are several snacks that do not contain peanuts. Anyone who has a peanut...

You can make light, fluffy pancakes without eggs or milk. If you have some type of food...

The more things are repeated, the more likely they will become part of what we call “common knowledge,” or things that most people know.

If...

Hives, or urticaria, affect about 20 percent of all people at one time or another. They can start as a simple itch followed by swollen, red welts...

A tomato allergy is rare but troublesome. Tomatoes are in many different foods, including ketchup, chili, and tacos, and are used in salads and in...