This April, my 18 year-old-son traveled to Italy on his senior class trip via British Airways. He has been allergic to peanuts since he was 18 months old and hadn’t been on a plane since a family vacation to Disney when he was 8-years-old. His experience was terrific! British Airways has a clear food allergy policy and while he decided to decline the meals that were served on the plane, he felt completely at ease during the long hours he was in the air. (He also had 8 Auvi-Qs with him-just in case.)
The group traveled by bus through four regions of Italy sampling food and experiencing the amazing sights. Tour organizers had screened the pre-planned dinner meals ahead of time, which really helped. While he did not he eat anything he wasn’t sure about, he was able to eat pastas with delicious sauces, seafood, and even some ice cream!
My son decided to attend the trip just two months after he passed his tree nut challenge. He worked long hours last summer to pay for the trip on his own, calling it “a gift to himself.” What he doesn’t know is that his courage and responsible navigation through 10 days of meals in a foreign country was one of the greatest gifts he could have given to me, his mom. Now, we both know, he is ready for college. 🎓