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Q&A: WestJet and Food Allergies

Published: Dec. 9/10 Robert Palmer, WestJet’s manager of public relations, spoke with Allergic Living’s Gwen Smith about the details of his airline’s new forward-thinking food allergy policy. Allergic Living: I have to start by asking: Why did WestJet make these few policy changes that are quite groundbreaking in terms of food allergy accommodation? Robert Palmer: […]

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Airlines Release Food Allergy Policies

WestJet’s New Allergy Policy See also: Q&A with Robert Palmer, WestJet spokesman. • It is now posted on WestJet’s site that flight attendants will make one public address announcement about food allergies when a passenger self-identifies as being allergic to peanuts or nuts and requests that an announcement be made. An update in the Flight […]

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Air Canada Unveils Allergy Policy

Air Canada’s peanut- and nut-free buffer zones are ready for takeoff. But will these accommodations really fly?

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WestJet Flights to Carry EpiPen

Airline plans to have EpiPens available for emergency use on all of its flights by early 2011.

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Food tips for safe travel

Food Tips for Safe Travel

1. Bring food with you for the trip and the first couple of meals so you don’t have to shop when you arrive. 2.Bring along any specialty foods you may have trouble finding. 3.If you are crossing the border, check what you are allowed to bring with you. Most countries are OK with dried goods, […]

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Ski Vacation Tips

1.Look for ski-in, ski-out accommodations, close to the lifts. 2.Ensure the hill has a variety of runs to suit your family’s skiing abilities. 3.Check out what other activities they have for après ski for non-skiers. 4.If putting your child in lessons, make sure the instructor knows about the food allergies and keeps the auto-injector inside […]

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Have Kitchen, Will Hit Slopes

Our travel expert’s cool allergy-friendly places to ski.

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Teen Almost Kicked Off Plane

A mother’s request for a p.a. announcement about her teenage son’s peanut allergy almost got them thrown off a flight. The pilot’s concern? That the allergy was a flight risk.

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To the Alarm of the Allergic, Pets are Back in the Cabin

It was shortly after takeoff when Joanne Silver began to feel like she couldn’t breathe. The Ontario woman was on a WestJet flight to Saskatoon to visit family, her three kids seated behind her, when her eyes began to swell and she felt her airways tightening. Silver has had asthma most of her life, but […]

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Teen Almost Thrown Off Flight Over His Allergy

Maureen Neary and her 17-year-old son got on an Air Canada flight headed from Vancouver to Toronto on Sept. 7, 2010. She asked the flight attendant if it was possible to make a P.A. announcement asking passengers to refrain from opening peanut packages because of her son’s peanut allergy. The result of this request was […]

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