Allergic travelers are getting more vocal about their rights, gaining some political support, and two new write-in campaigns are underway (one in the U.S. and one in Canada).
• In December 2013, the New Jersey Senate unanimously passed a resolution calling for commercial airlines to establish formal policies to accommodate those with peanut allergies.
“Even those with allergies who take all precautions before stepping on an airplane can still suffer critical consequences and need emergency care if exposed to peanuts in the cabin,” said Senator Joe Kyrillos (R, Monmouth), who brought forward Resolution 124.
His resolution commends the accommodations policies of JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines and urges other airlines to announce to passengers on the plane that there is a passenger on board with an allergy to peanuts. “The least we can do is have an announcement made for them on the flight,” he noted.