It’s tough traveling with an allergy and it’s harder when you can’t get peanut free accommodations because you never know what you will be up against or how the person with the allergy to the food may react. When your life is at risk or your child’s life, you try to plan, pre-plan and then over-plan to not expose yourself or them to any associated risks with the known allergens.
What is tough is the unknown, the air, and what others carry food-wise as you are not in control of all of these factors. However, when you can control moderate risks, you actually can take charge and attempt to fend off any potential problems.
My latest trip has us planning the trip step-by-step as we fly, travel by ship and drive all over the east coast and out of the country, but I can tell you flying has not made the trip easy! Our son has multiple life-threatening allergies that we work with on a day-to-day basis, but in regular life, we have a schedule and a way to work around them as his stops are ordinary.
Peanut Policy On Delta & American Airlines Who Is Better
While we are traveling we are going to be in different areas, places and environments so my attempt to control what I can is definitely in overdrive as it should be, I am his advocate and I want to make sure his trip is as enjoyable as mine! Here’s my insight on flying with Delta vs. flying on American Airlines as to who has the better nut-free policy.
There is no way to really make the zone nut-free for our son, but DELTA offers a few accommodations to attempt to work-around the allergy. Don’t make a mistake, this is not a NUT FREE ZONE, but DELTA is willing to try to accommodate and make a difference for those flying with nut allergies.
First things first, once you make your reservation or are making your reservation, call DELTA and advise them of your or your child’s allergy. They make special notes. Here are their specific policies, which offer some insight on how much they can or can not do to help you out.
The fact of the matter is, someone before you could have sat in your seat, eaten nuts and touched the seat, the lights, the fan, etc. and everything can be contaminated, in addition the air vents recirculate air so its a crap shoot.
Second when you get to the gate, talk to the attending staff and let them know you are there, you will be able to pre-board. When you pre-board, bring wipes and take care of business(I do), however, this does not control what the people next to you, behind you and in front of you are eating.
That said, if it they consume nuts and your allergy is severe, there is not controlling their eating habits. My concern is more when the heat is on while in flight and the air starts to recirculate and anyone eating nuts will have the smell intensified.
Nuts particulates and smell become airborne, but there is no cure for this and you understand this when you sign up for a flight…ugggggg. Finally, once you advise DELTA of nut allergies, they will refrain from serving peanuts and peanut products in the sky. This is about as accommodating as it will get, so be glad you found DELTA.
This is what American Airlines has to say per their website and I will just elaborate below:
“We strongly encourage you to take necessary medical precautions if you have a nut allergy because we cannot provide nut-free zones or accommodate specific requests to not serve food containing nuts.”
I am so upset with American Airlines, but we had to book this flight as there were no other flights available to accommodate all of us in my party. We did not want to split up and fly separately so now we are paying the price.
We could not get so many of us on a flight and we booked last minute, therefore, we could not fly on Delta for our flight back and WOW am I upset. This is like self-induced punishment because they don’t care! For such a large carrier, American Airlines aggravates me at their lack of care and compassion for those with nut allergies.
They don’t serve nut-free foods and they serve nut mixes on board. Again, we can’t control what others do, so we can’t get into what other passengers may have, just as on DELTA, but trying to create a barrier from what we can control on American Airlines is like a disaster.
AA lists all these foods and meals they are willing to provide during a meal service but won’t offer nut-free foods! Really, in this day and age, ‘thanks American Airlines, maybe you don’t get the seriousness of this particular allergy and what chaos this could cause for a family, or person while flying!’
I get it, you don’t do customer service, and you are not concerned about those that have allergies, just those that want special meals! They offer meals for people that are diabetic, vegan, lo fat, etc., but won’t get rid of products that ” Food served on board may contain peanut oils or trace amounts of peanuts or other tree nut products” and “We may serve nut mixes that contain other types of tree nuts” –
You are so wonderful…NOT! You are also reminded that there are regular cleanings but that the air filtration systems do not remove nut allergens. We are encouraged to take the necessary medical precautions because they can not provide nut-free zone, pre-boarding or accommodate specific requests to not serve nuts– jeez..
I think American Airlines You are NUTS.. Do you recognize how many people in this world have nut allergies and you don’t seem to care? No pre-boarding for us to at least wipe down the seats, table trays, etc? Nothing? You have to be kidding me that you are this heartless. We are not asking to change what others bring, just to try to create an area where it is possible to at least fly and you won’t work with us, this is awful!