MUST READ!!! PLEASE TAKE NOTE: This was shared with our group regarding American Airlines- potential cross contamination of nuts from ice-scoops. I have had several conversations with folks who have no idea what their kids reacted to in flight- one that comes to mind was a juice with no allergens, but perhaps it was the ice?
This is something I personally never considered and for myself going forward I will not let my son have ice on any airline that serves nuts. Food for thought for those of us traveling this holiday season.
This comment was shared with No Nut Traveler recently on our Facebook page.
As a flight attendant for American Airlines I can tell you that the same scoops that are used to dish the tree nuts into the serving dish are the same type of scoops that are used to scoop ice into the glasses. Policy is of course to one for nuts and one for ice but I have witnessed several times scoops used to scoop nuts with just a quick rinse, or worse just a quick napkin swype and then used in the ice. As a mother of a peanut and tree nut allergic child I do not let my daughter have ice on our aircraft. I also personally would not let my daughter sit in first class around all those nuts (however I’m a little overboard probably). And No Nut Traveler is correct, our procedures prohibit us from requesting customers not eat nut products. Even me, I try my best to follow my employers policies and procedures and I would not ask even though I want to.”
I am sharing American Airlines Policy below. Please note they do not serve peanuts, but do serve tree-nuts. As per policy, you may not pre-board to clean the area from past flights and they will not honor requests to alert other passengers or suspend service of nuts. Please choose your airlines wisely and with knowledge of their policies (which are subject to change- so always double check).