Sadly, every time we take a flight with our two nut allergic children its like playing Russian Roulette! Passengers can’t smoke on airplanes, and that won’t kill you in 30 minutes. Yet, you are still allowed to eat something that can cause a child/adult severe harm (even fatal) in the air! Explain that to me?
On one Jet Blue flight to Florida we seemed to have a friendly crew, except when I asked that they refrain from serving nuts. There are NO PEANUTS they said but we are serving cookies with walnuts. Next I get the question from the flight attendant, “How serious is the allergy?” I then showed her my 8 epi pens. She was speechless. I think clueless as well. An announcement was made…but we were still so anxiety ridden.
On our RETURN flight the attendant forgot to announce the allergy. After I wiped everything down, I put my hand into the seat pocket in front of me to find trash. In it was an opened bag of cashews! Lucky for me, I was able to clean up the potential allergen mess. The attendant then began selling almonds in front of my kids! She clearly forgot about the life threatening allergy my children have. I reminded her and she tried to make up for the mistake. But oh the drama and stares… and bullies on board, our family has to face! We pay to fly, we pay ridiculous mounts during vacation weeks so our families can be together and be happy a few times a year. A few hours without nuts won’t harm anyone. Don’t you agree?