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Flying with Food Allergies

By Dr. Grace Ryu Spring break is just around the corner. If flying is on the itinerary for your trip and you have food allergies then there are several things to keep in mind. Some airlines carry vials of injectable epinephrine or Epi-pens. But some airlines may not have trained crew members to administer the […]

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By Dr. Grace Ryu

Spring break is just around the corner. If flying is on the itinerary for your trip and you have food allergies then there are several things to keep in mind. Some airlines carry vials of injectable epinephrine or Epi-pens. But some airlines may not have trained crew members to administer the Epi-pens, such as Southwest. So always have your own Epi-pens and Benadryl on you at all times.

Other Tips:

  • Inform the airline about your life-threatening allergy and request an accommodation.
  • Some examples of accommodations are: Pre-boarding, an allergen-free buffer zone and serving peanut- and tree nut-free meals or snacks.
  • Bring your own allergy-safe foods.
  • Wipe down seats and tray tables.
  • Print the airline’s published food allergy policy and present to the gate and flight crew if they are not familiar with the policy.

Following these tips will hopefully help you arrive at your sunny destination without any problems!

 

 

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