Plane travel and allergies – how to best fly with a food allergy

If you love travelling but hate allergies, then we’ve got a blog post especially for you. How to survive allergies on a plane. With preparation, there’s no reason for you not to have an enjoyable flight. We’ve developed this checklist to help you with your planning.

1)      Pick your airline carefully

 Some airlines are better than others when it comes to dealing with allergies. For example, British Airways now puts out announcements asking passengers not to eat nut products if a person with a nut allergy is on board. They also don’t serve nut products if a person with a nut allergy is on board. On the opposite end of the spectrum, my boyfriend recently travelled Qantas and ordered a nut-free meal. The aeroplane subsequently forgot to bring the meal on board!

 While I have never been able to find a definitive list of the best and worst airlines to fly on with an allergy, the linked blog post is a pretty good start! (This list is just about nut allergies, but it still gives a pretty good indication).

Also, do check if the airline that you’re planning to travel with offers special meals that cater to your allergy. Some don’t, so it’s really good to be aware of this before you book!

2)      Make your airline aware of your allergy

It’s important that you make the airline aware of your allergy as soon as possible. Speaking to your airline will give you more chance of being properly looked after on your flight. You should also use this time to order a special allergy-free meal as most airlines require you to book this well in advance and ideally as soon as possible.

3)      Travel with all your medication

Yes, airlines do carry some medication, but you should still always make sure that you have all of your medication on hand at all times. When flying Qantas my boyfriend’s friend had a nut allergy attack, wasn’t carrying his EpiPen and the airline couldn’t locate their medication. Luckily the airline was able to find their medication eventually, but it goes to show, you should never solely rely on them for allergy medication!

4)      Bring your own food

If you haven’t had time to order food, have picked a bad allergy friendly airline or still don’t feel comfortable then bring your meals! Airline meals aren’t exactly well known for being incredible as it is, so why not just relax with your own packed meal?

5)    Check, check and check again

Perhaps the most important thing of all is to check your food. Mistakes happen; my boyfriend’s friend was told that the food he was given on Qantas was nut free, sadly it wasn’t, which is what caused him to have a nut allergy attack in the first place.

6)    Don’t be afraid to speak up!

Ask questions. If you don’t feel happy speak up! You’re the customer, and you have the right to be properly accommodated.

 Do you have any suggestions? Do also check out our post all about eating out with allergies. 

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