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


The Tower Arms, Essex

Finally, the sun was out, and allergybabe, allergydad and allergymum, the whole pale-faced allergy family, went for a day trip to Essex.

Equipped with the usual allergy friendly foods for a whole week (you never know what foods allergybabe is in the mood for…), we happily headed for a fun day out.

And fun it was!

The Tower Arms, Essex

The Tower Arms, Essex

Driving along the country side, we discovered this incredible pub http://www.towerarms.co.uk

Clean and modern outdoor space, efficient staff (equipped with ear pieces to be instructed discretely) and a very tasty menu impressed us from the very beginning. Well, we did not know what was about to come… .

Since we always try to give allergybabe a treat as often as possible, we thoroughly investigated the menu for something good enough for allergybabe. The chips usually work, so I walked enthusiastically to the bar to order some.

A couple of minutes later, a very friendly member of staff asked for all of allergybabe’s allergies again to make sure they would not serve anything he cannot have and it turned out the chips contained wheat. But instead of just leaving the table, she offered, despite the very busy kitchen, to hand cut some chips from scratch and fry them in their own oil. What a nice touch; and no need to mention we zealously accepted.

I have never encountered a more caring and helpful establishment. I do not have to mention that the cooked lunch from home was totally ignored and the chips were stuffed down with lots of ketchup in no time… .

We could not resist and celebrated with an Aperol Spritz.

Happy Days!