Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

No peanut ban on airline flights until proof provided

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 30th, 2010

From USA Today – It’s much ado about peanuts. The Transportation Department has asked the public for weeks to comment on whether the once-popular, but increasingly rare, snack for passengers should be banned or restricted on airline flights for the sake of those who suffer serious allergies. But whichever way public sentiment falls, there can be no ban on peanuts without scientific proof to back it up. – -Read the details here.

US considers limit – or ban – on peanuts in flight

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 12th, 2010

From WashingtonPost.com: Federal regulators are considering restrictions, or even a complete ban, on the serving of peanuts on commercial airline flights. Advocates say the move would ease fears and potential harm to the estimated 1.8 million Americans who suffer from a peanut allergy. Peanut farmers and food packagers, however, say it would be overreaching and unfair to their legume. — Read more here.

Government proposes peanut ban in the air

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 5th, 2010

While this KansasCity.com story is about new airline rules in general, it does mention an effort to ban peanut snacks because of the danger to allergic passengers. There is a 60-day window of opportunity for the public to comment on the ban. Check it out here.

Allergic teen’s flight plan shut down

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 8th, 2008

From CTV Winnipeg (Canada): A Winnipeg mother says her daughter’s spring break was ruined because of an airline policy that can’t guarantee safety for passengers with severe food allergies. Lori Veiderman said her 13-year-old daughter, Taylor-Anne, has a severe allergy to peanuts and peanut oil. She wanted to visit her best friend in Lethbridge, Alta. The trip required an airline flight with WestJet, and Lori wanted to make sure the airline took steps to keep her daughter safe. – While the airline doesn’t serve peanuts, its representatives couldn’t guarantee that no one onboard the flight would open a bag of peanuts or something similar. Read more about this airline dilemma – something many allergic travelers find most challenging, if not downright anxiety-provoking.