It is ALWAYS a stressful event for us to travel in airlines as I am constantly nervous about how she will do. We are from India, so the long hours in planes when we travel to India are sometimes very stressful for me as I feel I have no form of protection that I could offer her. I have to keep her in an environment that is basically at the mercy of the airline staff and my fellow passengers.
On a return journey in an airline from Florida, I noticed that an airline was serving peanuts/cashews. I requested the attendant to not serve them as my daughter is allergic. She went and brought me a handbook and showed me that she cannot do that and started offering them to her passengers. She was very nice and told the passengers in and around us to pick the non-peanut option and which the passengers did but it was really uncomfortable for us because everybody started asking who is the child and kept looking at us and discussing about it – it was very uncomfortable and my daughter felt that she was not normal and different and felt very embarrassed. Even to this day she is concerned about travelling in flights because she feels she causes discomfort to others. A passenger sitting besides us seemed less than cooperative and made comments such that people with ‘special needs’ should get in planes.
We truly need an airline policy that bans nuts/peanuts from flights – PERIOD
It is hard for me to imagine how this is still not been done because a flight journey is 30,000 feet high with no chance for immediate medical attention if needed and it is the middle of nowhere- the only way to keep safe is to ban them