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This website exists to help people like me
minimize the risks our allergic children face
from nut exposure while flying

Welcome to the No Nut Traveler.

This website is dedicated to all the people who have food allergies and wish to fly on commercial airplanes. I created this site because my family was put in a stressful situation with United Airlines, and I don't want others to go through that.

Currently, there are no guidelines or procedures for airlines to follow concerning food allergies. This is despite the fact that there exists a multitude of documented instances of allergic reactions on planes to both peanuts and tree nuts. There are no guidelines that an airline has to follow to protect allergic passengers.

This fact alone makes air travel even more perilous and anxiety ridden for families who have food allergies. We need to create awareness and create a movement to push airlines and our government to create procedures that protect passengers. And, by the way, these procedures can keep passengers safe without being onerous on the airlines.

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Featured Story:  My child put in danger due to United’s refusal to make an announcement

On February 25th, my family and I took a United Airline flight from Orlando to Denver on our way home to Canada with United Airlines. My son has a very severe peanut allergy and consequently, we always talk to airline attendants

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Featured Story: My child put in danger due to United’s refusal to make an announcement

On February 25th, my family and I took a United Airline flight from Orlando to Denver on our way home to Canada with United Airlines. My son has a very severe peanut allergy and consequently, we always talk to airline attendants before the flight departure to request they make an announcement to inform people on the flight of his allergy and ask that if anyone has anything with peanuts to kindly to it away for the duration of that flight. We have never had a problem and attendants have always been very accommodating to us in every other flight experience we`ve had.

This unfortunately did not happen on this flight. My husband kindly explained to the flight attendant of our son`s allergy, and she simply responded that because of company policy she is not required to do anything for us. I explained to her the severity of his allergy, and the consequences that could occur if he was exposed to peanuts including the possibility of anaphylactic attack and even death. She walked away from us to get another flight attendant.

The other flight attendant told me that they were not going to make any announcements for us, and if we did not like this, she would gladly let us off the plane. She said United Airlines does not allow them to make such announcement. I informed her that the last 3 United flights did make those announcements and everyone had been very accommodating to us before. We just wanted people to be aware that there was a little boy with a severe peanut allergy on this flight and that in return, perhaps people would not eat peanuts and he could have a safe flight home. She responded again that if we didn`t like the fact that they were not going to do anything, we could simply leave the plane.

After all of our efforts, we decided to let it go, since they were not willing to accommodate or even try to help us… We were on the plane our way home, and just had to hope that everything would be fine. About 30 minutes after the plane took off, my son started scratching his face and his neck. I asked him if he was ok, and he said he was really itchy… His face started getting hives, so I looked around, and as luck would have it, a little girl sitting one seat down across from him was eating peanuts.

We gave him Benadryl and had to monitor his symptoms the next 3 hours and fear that he might do into anaphalactic shock! This was an extremely scary experience for me, my husband and especially my 6 year old son who especially knows what else could happen to him. This could have all been avoided with a simple announcement. Instead, these attendants chose to neglect my son`s disability and his needs and consequently, this little boy could have had a severe reaction. This posed a direct threat to my son`s health and safety. No family should have to experience this kind of stress on an airplane. This was completely avoidable. How difficult would it have been to have made the announcement. United’s policy to do nothing is not just ignorant it is dangerous!

About The No Nut Traveler

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As the mother of a child with a peanut allergy, I know that airline travel can be as dangerous as navigating a live land mine.

I created this website to help others like myself to minimize and prevent the risk of exposures and reactions when flying.

This is a home to share your stories and experiences with different airlines, so others may learn from you.

Here you will also find resources that I have found useful in my quest to protect my son.

It is my hope that this site will become a trusted destination for you when you need quick and easy access information regarding airline travel and food allergies.

Make an informed decision before you purchase that plane ticket, forewarned is forearmed.

Learn how to file a complaint with the Department of Transportation (DOT), if you have had a bad flight experience.

Discover how to contact your representatives in Washington to lobby for more rights as a food allergic passenger or parent.

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