|Practice varies from airline to airline and it is not possible to legislate in this particular area. For example one major airline does not include peanut products within aircraft meals or snacks, apart from long haul routes to the Far East where Peanut Satay may be included on the menu. Other types of nuts may be included as snacks in business and first class. |
Some airlines will remove them from specified flights if contacted well in advance by the passenger. This does not however address the issue of other passengers bringing peanuts or other nut products on board, even inadvertently, for their own consumption. Food labelling has improved over the years and the risk in foods labelled “may contain traces of nuts” is thought to be low. No one is believed to have died as a result of inhaling peanut dust on an aircraft; the majority of reactions are felt to be mild or moderate.
Many aircraft carry a comprehensive medical kit, which includes medication for the treatment of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction). If you do suffer from an allergy, however, you should always carry your own medication as prescribed by your doctor and ensure that this is readily available whilst on board. Cabin Crew are not trained to administer treatment and parents, guardians or travel companions, as appropriate, would be expected to assist. If you have an EpiPen they are permitted on aircraft, but it is important that you have a letter with you to show Security and it should stress that this equipment is essential.
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