Friday, December 23, 2011

Flying with a Peanut Allergy.

When we made the flight reservations for our trip to Florida we talked to the airline Customer Service Representative and my husband told her that we had a son with a "peanut allergy." She said she would make a note of it (whatever that meant).

Fast forward to our first flight today to Florida, we are on the plane and I hear the flight attendant a few rows ahead asking the passengers if they would like: cookies, pretzels or peanuts. I cringed. I called the flight attendant over to us and said that we have a son with peanut allergies and we stated this when we made the reservations. She said, "oh I am sorry, I don't have that information" and said she would be right back. She went and talked to the other flight attendants and then came back to us and said: "I am sorry, we will make sure that the 3 rows in front and the 3 rows behind you are not served peanuts and on your next flight be sure to let them know at the gate before you board that you have a peanut allergy." This must be the airlines policy. I said "fine, thank you."

Luckily Nathan's peanut allergy is not so severe that he needed the whole plane free of peanuts. Would the airline do that if that was the case?


Jon Kuhl said...

In my experience, it depends on the airline stewards. We flew Delta when Beau was 4 1/2. They asked us to raise our hand if anyone was allergic to peanuts so Jon and I both did, since both of our kids are. On one flight, they refrained from offering peanut M&M's entirely, and on another they did not hand them out 2 rows in front, 2 rows in back. Some passengers were cool with it, some snickered. It never ceases to amaze me that airlines, stores, family/kid events, etc. still serve peanut products with the prolific increase of the allergy. Try to bring a latex balloon to a hospital ward. It just doesn't add up.

Levi's Mommy said...

There are several airlines that are peanut free, and you can make special arrangements to fly on them for severe allergies, my friend had to do this for her son and it was a hassle but worked!