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This website exists to help people like me
minimize the risks our allergic children face
from nut exposure while flying

Welcome to the No Nut Traveler.

This website is dedicated to all the people who have food allergies and wish to fly on commercial airplanes. I created this site because my family was put in a stressful situation with United Airlines, and I don't want others to go through that.

Currently, there are no guidelines or procedures for airlines to follow concerning food allergies. This is despite the fact that there exists a multitude of documented instances of allergic reactions on planes to both peanuts and tree nuts. There are no guidelines that an airline has to follow to protect allergic passengers.

This fact alone makes air travel even more perilous and anxiety ridden for families who have food allergies. We need to create awareness and create a movement to push airlines and our government to create procedures that protect passengers. And, by the way, these procedures can keep passengers safe without being onerous on the airlines.

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Featured Story:  Perspective From a Military Family

: "Just don't fly" Isn't Always an Option, Especially for Military Families.

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Featured Story: Perspective From a Military Family

Glad to provide a response from a military perspective. As a career military officer, my family and I must relocate often–at the pleasure of the DOD. We’ve been assigned to locales where flying was the only mode of transportation in order to report on time (Alaska, Hawaii, among others). Despite explaining our “must fly due to military orders” status, the airlines were very noncommittal in observing our sons’ severe peanut allergies. Peanut allergies are deadly. Period, dot. They don’t just trigger hives or itchiness. They trigger death. And Epi-pens are not a cure; they only buy 20 minutes to get to a hospital for real care. Most “pro-peanut” folks don’t realize that. In my military experience, since 1994, the airlines have flip-flopped on their peanut policy: American used to be the most accommodating and Delta, the least. I’m told that has since changed. Hawaiian was 50-50, and Alaska was mostly good. The problem is, you never know how the airline will help protect your children’s lives; so much is personality dependent in the absence of a law/policy change. Real change won’t happen until we can convince a senior member of Congress to advocate a change in the law. How many near-deaths have to occur on the air before authorities take accountability? Is your Reese’s peanut butter cup really that important? The most cringeworthy counter-argument I hear is, “well just don’t fly if you have allergies”, or “why should your kids’ deadly allergy impinge upon my airline snack?” Please realize those of us in uniform who have dedicated our lives–and the lives of our families–to serve our country rarely have the luxury to “just not go”. We report to duty as ordered and only ask for safe passage. This country is full of smart people; we know second-hand smoke is damaging to bystanders; likewise, airborne peanut allergens threaten bystanders even more dangerously–especially in an enclosed aircraft where we all breathe the same recycled air. For the sake of my children’s lives, I’ll gladly trade you a some Oreo cookies in exchange for those peanut M&Ms, if snacking on an airplane is so important to you. We are not looking for sympathy, just responsible citizenship. Think beyond your scope, Fellow Americans, and thank you for your brotherhood. Lt Col Tony Mena, USAF

About The No Nut Traveler

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As the mother of a child with a peanut allergy, I know that airline travel can be as dangerous as navigating a live land mine.

I created this website to help others like myself to minimize and prevent the risk of exposures and reactions when flying.

This is a home to share your stories and experiences with different airlines, so others may learn from you.

Here you will also find resources that I have found useful in my quest to protect my son.

It is my hope that this site will become a trusted destination for you when you need quick and easy access information regarding airline travel and food allergies.

Make an informed decision before you purchase that plane ticket, forewarned is forearmed.

Learn how to file a complaint with the Department of Transportation (DOT), if you have had a bad flight experience.

Discover how to contact your representatives in Washington to lobby for more rights as a food allergic passenger or parent.

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