A as in Anaphylaxis, Travel

Come fly with me…updated

Air Canada: I just learned about an official decision (and final decision) by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) from June 16th, 2011.  Here are the essentials:

– Air Canada is to create a buffer zone for seriously peanut allergic passengers. You can request your seat here.

– only peanut free and nut free foods are to be served within the buffer zone.

– a briefing will be given by Air Canada personnel to passengers within the buffer zone that they can only eat foods that are peanut-free and nut-free and that they will only be offered peanut-free and nut-free foods as part of Air Canada’s onboard snack or meal service. In addition, Air Canada personnel is to address situations where a passenger refuses to comply with this requirement by moving the non-obliging passenger or, if necessary due to that passenger’s refusal to move, moving the person with the disability due to their allergy to peanuts or nuts to a seat where the buffer zone can be established.

Delta Airlines: let them know about your peanut allergy and they will create a buffer zone three rows in front and behind. No peanut snacks in buffer zone. Additional non peanut snacks for buffer zone. Pre-boarding to wipe down seats possible.

Lufthansa: Cannot guarantee peanut free flights, but do not serve peanuts. Passengers suffering from severe cases of peanut allergy should get in touch with Lufthansa Medical Operation Center (+49-69-696-550 77 (06:00 – 22:30 hours).

British Airways: “crew are unable to make on board announcements or alert other customers to individual medical conditions. ” Crew are Epipen trained, but expect travel companions to administer epipen. “In-flight meals do not contain peanuts or peanut products. However, we cannot guarantee meals and snacks are completely peanut free as they may be produced at a facility that handles peanuts”, and “are therefore unable to offer a peanut-free special meal.”

American Airlines: do not serve peanuts, but cannot guarantee peanut free meals. In First, they rost nuts during the flight!

Virgin Atlantic: Peanuts are never knowingly included in any Virgin Atlantic aircraft meals or snacks. However, our meals are not produced in a nut-free environment so may contain traces of nuts. And we can’t stop other passengers from bringing (or eating) their own food onboard, which may include peanuts. Nuts other than peanuts may be served on all Virgin Atlantic flights as part of the menu ingredients and/or the snack service, in all cabins. Any specific and essential dietary requirements need to be ordered through VAA’s Special Assistance department (T: 0844 412 4455)

Japan Airlines: Advance notice (14d minimum)and the airline crew will take measures, such as removal of peanut products from snack and in-flight meals. JAL do not use peanut products inside aircraft snacks for international flights, but other types of nuts may be included and served. JAL cannot guarantee that the flight is completely peanut-free.

Singapore Airlines: Do serve nuts and peanuts during flight, but cater for allergy sufferers with a nut and peanut free meal (and mention the possibility of cross contamination!). Orders take 48 hours notice via local airline office. Rated Best Airline in the World 2013


International Study of Risk-Mitigating Factors and In-Flight Allergic Reactions to Peanut and Tree Nut


2 thoughts on “Come fly with me…updated

  1. Nice summary! Though I’d add that BA point blank refuse to accept ‘nut allergy’ prior warnings and will only leave it to the discretion of the cabin crew as to how to deal with the situation. Many of its meals and snacks contain nuts, if not peanuts specifically, and they will not agree to exclude them from flights even with prior warning of a severely allergic passenger. We’ve even been told by cabin crew that this is because management feel it would contravene the “human rights” of other passengers to eat nuts if they wish. Frankly BA is among the worst offenders.

    Monarch, on the other hand, will happily take note of a passenger with nut allergy at the booking stage and will ban all nuts from being served on board AND make an announcement asking other passengers to refrain. How it should be.

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