United Airlines - "Not a nut free airline"

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  1. Mr Janny

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    I am always surprised on airlines when they hand you peanuts. Some airlines have switched to pretzels, but not all.
     
  3. cowgirl836

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    I'm just perusing - did she have a reaction to someone else just having the nuts open or actually eating them herself?
     
  4. CycloneErik

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    She ate them herself.
    I don't know much about peanut allergies. My first thought is that there wouldn't be a problem on the return trip if she just didn't eat them again, but I could be very wrong on that.
     
  5. Al_4_State

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    This is why we have more allergies.
     
  6. Mr Janny

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    one would think. Then again, I used to work with someone who had a nut allergy, and they claimed they couldn't even be in the same room. Even shaking hands with someone who'd eaten a nut was dangerous because of the possibility of transferring the oil. She was pretty dramatic, so I never really believed her, but I guess you never know.
     
  7. mj4cy

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    Certainly sympathetic to the condition, but the airline can't cater to every possible need. I guess I'm kind of on the fence. Tough question.
     
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    My wife is a teacher and its pretty serious I guess. You can't even be near someone with peanuts.
     
  9. Mr Janny

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    because United is not a nut-free airline?
     
  10. BoxsterCy

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    She should probably avoid attending baseball games. :smile:
     
  11. CycloneErik

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    I had a soldier whose allergy to poison ivy would legitimately flare up anytime we went to the field at Camp Dodge. Good soldier, but Camp Dodge has way more poison ivy than he could ever handle. I could believe that there's more to it than just ingesting them, but if her allergy was that bad, it seems like a request that they could make in advance.

    And, of course, they could not give her the peanuts.
     
  12. cowgirl836

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    there was a girl who died, I believe, from kissing her boyfriend who had eaten a PB&J sandwich.

    In this case, if the girl only had an allergy to eating them - then parents need to be parents and not let her eat them. If it's a "person across the aisle eats them and I go into anaphylactic shock" thing, that I can understand. But then how do you ever go out into public? That sucks, but I don't know how you can expect everyone else to never eat or have contact with nut products.
     
  13. GTO

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    Or eating at Texas Roadhouse...
     
  14. Mr Janny

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    according to the article, they didn't know she had an allergy to nuts.
     
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    Serving peanuts seems like such an unnecessary risk to take when you could just give out crackers or pretzels or whatever instead. It's a pretty common allergy these days.
     
  16. cowgirl836

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    ok, I thought I read that too. So the airline was supposed to anticipate her allergy? So should they not include dairy, seafood, nut, or egg products in any of their in-flight meals then either? Because someone may discover an allergy in-flight?
     
  17. Rabbuk

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    Because we save people with peanut allergies. Semi jimlad but our gene pool is getting weaker.
     
  18. cowgirl836

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    southwest gives out mini packs of golden oreos and ritz bitz. Yes please.
     
  19. GTO

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    Unfortunately, there is no solution to any of it. Switching to pretzels does not help, as some people are allergic to that as well. My nephew had allergies to EVERYTHING. Corn, peanuts, wheat, rice, milk, and soy. He could only eat a special formula, potatoes, fruit, and meat for the first 4 years of his life. He has outgrown a couple of his allergies, but still has to get tested every year to see if he has improved.

    If you go by that alone, you would never be able to serve anything anywhere, as there is bound to be someone allergic to it.
     
  20. cowgirl836

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    Allergies and sensitivities are dramatically on the rise. Supposedly cause you city kids don't get exposed to the right kind of dust and dander. And clean freak parents.

    As Marie Antoinette said, "let them eat dirt"
     

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