American Airlines is taking another step in the right direction to make air traffic safer for people with nut allergies.
The airline recently announced that passengers with nut allergies can board their flights early on 12 December early to give them time to wipe their seats, tray tables and other surfaces. "Customers with nut allergies who want to get on board early and wipe surfaces can apply for it at the gate," said an airline representative TODAY . "Although we do not serve peanuts in flight, we can not guarantee that our customers will not be exposed to peanuts or other nuts during their journey."
Other airlines have also taken steps to ensure the safety of their customers. Southwest stopped selling peanuts earlier this year (previously touted as a major part of the low-cost customer experience). A number of other airlines ( including American United and JetBlue), also do not serve to offer peanuts in flight. And Delta already allows passengers with nut allergies the opportunity to make their flights in front of the board.
Even if it appears as a small measure for an airline, it could possibly help avert allergic emergencies on an airfield plane.
Estimated 15 million Americans are currently living with food allergies, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). A Food Allergy is a state in which the immune system reacts when you come into contact with a particular food and trigger symptoms ranging from digestive problems or an itchy mouth to hives or breathing problems the allergy is a very small one The amount of allergenic food can cause symptoms, explains the Mayo Clinic. In people with severe food allergies, contact with the allergen can lead to a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis .
Traces of Nut Allergens May Linger on Aircraft As an airline does not offer peanuts, passengers can bring their own snack with peanuts (and other species) on board. "We've found that allergens can stay on surface tablet tables, so the option to sit properly and properly clean the area can be helpful to patients and their families." Dr. Purvi Parikh, Allergist / Immunologist at Allergy & Asthma Network, tells SELF.
In addition, serious food allergies in the air can become even more dangerous, as those who need immediate attention may not be at 30,000 feet. "If someone in life has a life-threatening reaction, they need immediate treatment," says Dr. Parikh. "In addition, a closed room can still keep them in contact with an allergy, fortunately, inhalation reactions are rare, but reactions can occur through contact or contact."
As well as freeing up nutcracks and giving passengers the option of being at risk Early on, airlines can do more to protect their customers.
"We would be delighted to see epinephrine auto-injectors on all flights, which is currently not mandatory," says Dr. Parikh. "Some patients have reactions in an airplane for the first time, so they may not have a device with them, and we are currently working for legislation that obliges all airlines [have them]."
If you're flying with a nut allergy, Dr. Parikh suggests making further arrangements to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight (or at least as enjoyable as turbulence and low-cost airlines allow for those days). Inform the airline in good time about your allergy, bring your own food, and keep your epinephrine device in the seat pocket in front of you so you can quickly access it in an emergency. If you are flying with American Airlines, get in first and wipe every inch of your seating area.