Please note preface from Lianne- No Nut Traveler
It is alway my advice to not accept any airline meal, no matter the assurances given. Mistakes happen, recalls happen and flight attendants are often not educated as to what cross contamination is. You are far from medical care up in the air. In my opinion, no meal is worth it.
When flying Delta with a child with allergies, you should not let them eat the food served onboard. We learned this the hard way.
On Saturday July 28th 2018, while on our way home from vacation my child had an anaphylactic reaction mid-air. I had notified the airline about his nut allergies before the flight, and upon entering the plane I spoke with the lead flight attendant to make her aware of his issues.
They followed the usual protocol. They informed all the passengers that no nuts will be served during the flight, and advised them to refrain from eating them if the brought any on board.
A sticker was placed on his seat alerting all flight attendants of his allergies.
His food came before everyone else’s and he happily started eating it. I noticed it had a chocolate and before I let him eat it I went to the back to ask the lead flight attendant if it was safe since it didn’t have any listed ingredients… again she went over some paperwork and assured me it was “perfectly fine”. He ate the chocolate and the nightmare began.
We are grateful that there were 3 wonderful doctors on our flight. They gave him the epi-pen and stayed with him close to an hour until he was stable, they were also kind enough to check on him from time to time for the remaining 4 hours of the flight.
When we arrived at JFK, there were EMTs waiting for us right at the gate. They checked him out and he was doing better. We followed his allergist’s advise and brought him to the ER to make sure that he is ok.
He was monitored at our local hospital emergency room for a few more hours, and we were able to go home that night.
I can’t believe what happened and how we were reassured the food was safe! It was such a scary incident and it could’ve been prevented. I also have a tremendous amount of guilt because I should have never allowed him to eat something that I was not sure of the ingredients.
We are just thankful that he is ok.
Scary fact: When one of the doctors asked the lead flight attendant if there were any epi-pens in the plane’s Medical kit, her response was “We used to have them.
Note from Lianne: Delta does not carry auto injectors but vials of epinephrine only to be used by a medical professional.