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Comparing Airlines

Allergic Living’s comprehensive chart on the allergy policies of 12 major airlines.

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DOT May Halt Service of Peanuts on Planes

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is weighing new rules designed to protect air passengers, including one that would restrict airlines from serving peanuts. In announcing these proposed measures in early June, DOT said it seeks “to provide greater access to air travel for individuals with severe peanut allergies in light of the significant number […]

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Flying Allergic

Flying Allergic

Published in Allergic Living Winter 2009. It was a flight that Paige Humphreys and her family looked forward to every winter: from chilly Edmonton to Vancouver, Vancouver to sunny Maui. Along with the sunscreen and bathing suits, Humphreys, who has a severe allergy to tree nuts, diligently packed her own snacks as well as two Twinjects, and […]

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WestJet Scraps Nuts

There’s good news this summer for the traveling nut allergic. WestJet has stopped selling cashews on its flights and is not offering any peanut or nut products aboard its aircraft. “This has been a tremendous move on the part of WestJet,” says Yvonne Rousseau of the Allergy/Asthma Information Association in British Columbia, who had discussions […]

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Action Urged on Flying Pets

Following the decision by Air Canada to join WestJet in allowing pets to travel in airplane cabins, The Lung Association has launched an online campaign calling on federal politicians to protect the health and safety of airline passengers and crew who may suffer from severe allergies to pet dander or have asthma or chronic obstructive […]

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Cats on the Plane on Air Canada and Westjet

Sean Callahan had just checked in at a WestJet counter for a 3.5-hour flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Toronto, when he turned to see a young woman behind him, carrying a cat carrier. Callahan, whose severe allergy to cat dander triggers his asthma, was shocked to learn that she and her feline friend were […]

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Have Kitchen, Will Travel – to Europe

The McKenzie-Davison family continues their travels with life-threatening allergies, this time crossing the Atlantic. It’s bonjour South of France, hello England and Italy. Here they come, toting that suitcase of safe foods. In 2002, we took our first summer vacation in Europe with two children. Kieryn was not yet 3 years old and Taya had […]

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Have Kitchen Will Travel

How to Travel Well with Food Allergic Kids

The adventure-loving McKenzie-Davison family proves that you can travel the globe with life-threatening allergies. It simply requires research, lots of precautions – and a suitcase jam-packed with food. IN 1993, BEFORE having children, my wife Keely and I went trekking in Nepal. We felt so adventurous, traveling with just a guidebook. We walked from village […]

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Our Ski Vacations – with Allergies

The following accompanies the “Have Kitchen, Will Ski” article (and travel tips) in the Winter 2010 edition of Allergic Living. All are written by AL’s food allergy/celiac travel writer, Scott McKenzie. To purchase that issue, click here. Owl’s Head – For more than 20 years now a large group of 50 family and friends has […]

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Scott’s Rules for Traveling with Food Allergies

Research Where You Are Going 1. Stick to countries where you speak the language. So far, that has limited my family to English- and French-speaking countries. It is critical that you can explain allergies clearly to people without any risk of miscommunication. When our younger daughter, who has multiple food allergies including peanuts, nuts, eggs, dairy, barley and […]

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