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Travel With Allergies

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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Pet Lovers Pitted Against the Allergic

As news about Air Canada’s decision to once again allow pets in airplane cabins spread, several news outlets reported on the matter. The articles, and corresponding readers’ comments, show the issue is divisive: many people are angered by the new rules, while others are looking forward to bringing their pets on board. The Toronto Star […]

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Essential Food Allergy Flying Tips

If you have food allergies, here are some steps you can take to minimize your risk (or your child’s) aboard an airplane. Before you fly: Call the airline and ask about their allergy policy before you book your ticket. You don’t want to find out by surprise that peanut satay is being served on your […]

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Transport Agency Weighs Pets On Plane Issue

During special parliamentary hearings into the pet policies of Canada’s main airlines, a senior representative of the Canadian Transportation Agency said the agency will soon decide [see the ruling here] whether allowing small dogs and cats to travel presents an obstacle to travel for those with severe allergies. The CTA is currently gathering evidence from […]

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Canadian Transportation Agency’s Nuts Ruling

Air Canada Ruling: January 2010 In making its decision, the Canadian Transportation Agency weighed the recommendations made by Toronto allergists Dr. Gordon Sussman (advising the agency) and Dr. Peter Vadas (advising Air Canada), as well as the two complainants and Air Canada. Following are the key findings of the CTA’s ruling. When is Allergy “Disability” […]

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