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Parents of Children With Food Allergies - D.O.T. considers severe allergies a disability

Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:19 pm

Boarding Now: Parents of Children With Food Allergies https://nyti.ms/2KpX2ob

Legit concern, or hysterical overreaction (pun intended)? How can any airline guarantee a 100% nut-free environment?
 
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Re: Parents of Children With Food Allergies - D.O.T. considers severe allergies a disability

Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:23 pm

I have a child with severe food allergies, but no peanut allergy, so I'm more than a little torn on this. We sometimes have to be pretty careful flying because her most severe allergy is to bananas, which are served a fair amount, but through that care we've never had an issue on an airplane. We usually have pretty good luck asking people around us to be mindful with the problematic foods. I'm skeptical that there is any problem that cannot be solved by conscientious parenting. Surely there is no evidence that a child in Row 5 can have a reaction because of a bag of peanuts in Row 25, and I'm not sure there's even evidence that a bag of peanuts in Row 7 or 8 would be a problem.
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Re: Parents of Children With Food Allergies - D.O.T. considers severe allergies a disability

Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:30 pm

This isn't just going to affect airlines ..
 
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Re: Parents of Children With Food Allergies - D.O.T. considers severe allergies a disability

Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:59 pm

Hysterical overreaction I think.

And this is going to backfire real quick.
If the crew allows the affected parents to preboard so they can clean the area, what will happen if another passenger is allergic to the wipes used?

This is opening Pandora's box.

I'm going to get scalded, but here's my opinion: if you need special accommodation to a place due to a food allergy, then you should not be in that place. Inconvenience the majority for the comfort of the few...
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Re: Parents of Children With Food Allergies - D.O.T. considers severe allergies a disability

Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:14 pm

Of course the obsession with excessive hygiene is probably the cause of the allergy to begin with.
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Re: Parents of Children With Food Allergies - D.O.T. considers severe allergies a disability

Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:14 pm

The ruling is actually providing people with severe allergies with a false sense of security. The airline can provide a reasonable level of accommodation for the purposes of "wiping-down" a space but that provides no control over other passengers or the totality of the environment. I don't see this is opening a Pandora's box, although I could be wrong given the absurdity of what's happened with emotional support animals.

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