I wanted to share something with you that we used this winter to fly. It made all the difference in the world and maybe it could help someone else…
We took four flights, two with Air Canada and two with United. Air Canada has a policy in place to allow pre-boarding, a buffer zone and an allergy announcement but United does not. When we flew United, I spoke with the flight attendants directly and we were able to pre-board on both flights to clean but no buffer zone would be created, which we knew, so we created our own.
We had prepared bags of peanut and nut free snacks with a note of explanation and handed them out to everyone in our area of the plane. They were so well received! Everyone was very kind, asked a lot of questions, told us about their own experiences with allergies and were thrilled to be able to help keep our daughter safe. I was also really glad we did it because 3 people in our immediate area had brought peanuts to snack on but because we handed out these packages, they didn’t eat them. They actually thanked us for letting them know about her allergy!
We were nervous about this trip, but people are generally good and it was wonderful to be reminded of that. It really warmed my heart that people cared to keep her safe. All it took was a little bit of communication between strangers and I’m so glad that I did it. My daughter deals with a lot of anxiety surrounding her allergy and this really put her mind at ease and made her trip a great experience.