Peanut Allergy...The Shocking Facts (cont.)
Before your trip, check with your
allergist and discuss your travel plans in detail.
- Discuss the
travel-related risks in your case. Ask if you should carry extra
epinephrine or other medications with you.
- Carry enough peanut-free food with you to
get to your destination. As an extra precaution, we recommend that
food-allergic individuals avoid eating airline meals. This year has seen a
higher than normal amount of flight delays and cancellations, so bring
enough food for at least two extra meals en route.
- Get to the airport early and re-confirm
your peanut-free snack request at the gate and with the lead flight
attendant when you get on the plane. Remember, you need their cooperation.
Show them how they can help you and thank them when they do. If the gate
agent tells you they have no record of the request, have them call the
special service coordinator who helped with your reservation. It may help.
- If you are traveling with a
contact-sensitive child, after boarding wipe down the seats, arm rests,
tray table, and window area with a handy-wipe or similar product. Also,
inspect the floor and seat area and remove any peanut residue from
- If a reaction should occur, follow your
physician's treatment instructions and then notify the flight crew
immediately. This will enable them to identify health professionals on the
flight who can help treat the reaction, contact medical professionals on
the ground, and/or allow the pilot to begin preparations to land the
plane, if needed.
If a reaction should occur, we recommend
reporting it in writing to the airline CEO, and the Federal
Aviation Administration (http://www.faa.gov) with a copy to The Food Allergy Network.
Finally, remember that many peanut-allergic
individuals have safely flown without incident. Your physician will help you
assess the risks involved in your specific case. Take all reasonable
precautions, and then relax and enjoy your trip.
The above information has been provided with the kind permission of the Food Allergy Network and PeanutAllergyResource.comLast Editorial Review: 9/13/2002