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Old 06-20-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Default Air Canada gets 30 days to have ‘nut-free’ zones

"Nut Free Zone".

How about a "NO BO Zone"?

How about a "No perfume Zone"?

So, here is the real problem I have with this.

If you have a child so affected by such a condition, why would you risk it? Even if you beat up the airline and they did everything you wanted there is still uncontrollable risk.

Since this is only Air Canada, they were flying inside the country (probably) since other rules would apply for international flights.

Why not drive and reduce the risk of death or hospitalization to your child?

In convenience getting there in 5-6 hours instead of driving worth the risk of death?


http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/06...2%80%99-zones/

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Air Canada gets 30 days to have ‘nut-free’ zones

Jane Switzer Jun 17, 2011 – 6:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Jun 16, 2011 10:53 PM ET

Air Canada has 30 days to accommodate passengers with severe nut and peanut allergies by creating a nut-free buffer zone when requested, the Canadian Transport Agency ruled Thursday.

The decision addresses separate complaints to the agency Rhonda Nugent, on behalf of her daughter Melanie Nugent, and by Sophia Huyer, that Air Canada had difficulty accommodating them even after they informed the airline of their nut allergies. The agency decided that Dr. Huyer and Ms. Nugent did not encounter inconveniences in their flights, but that the country’s largest airline did not adequately address the needs of passengers with severe nut and peanut allergies.

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Passengers seated within the buffer zone will also be told by flight crews that they are only allowed to eat peanut-free and nut-free foods.
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So, if you are in the zone, but want some kind of nuts, will the airline be forced to move you?
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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"Nut Free Zone".

How about a "NO BO Zone"?

How about a "No perfume Zone"?

So, here is the real problem I have with this.

If you have a child so affected by such a condition, why would you risk it? Even if you beat up the airline and they did everything you wanted there is still uncontrollable risk.

Since this is only Air Canada, they were flying inside the country (probably) since other rules would apply for international flights.

Why not drive and reduce the risk of death or hospitalization to your child?

In convenience getting there in 5-6 hours instead of driving worth the risk of death?


http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/06...2%80%99-zones/



So, if you are in the zone, but want some kind of nuts, will the airline be forced to move you?

I can kind of agree with your wondering why a parent would risk air travel with a child who has food allergies. On the surface, it does seem like that would be the more prudent thing to do. But I can tell you, from experience, that there are circumstances when it is a necessity.

I have an uncommon medical condition that can also affect children. Right now, there are only 3 or 4 places in the U.S. that have the staff, experience and facilities to diagnose this condition. That means that adults like myself, or parents with a child, must sometimes travel thousands of miles to be seen by someone who has the ability to diagnose and treat this condition.

One of the aspects of this disease is having repeated and severe anaphylactic reactions to a huge variety of triggers, including food like peanuts, many drugs, and other things like perfumes and air fresheners. Environmental factors like heat, cold and sunlight can also cause a reaction. Traveling by car, staying in a motel, and trying to find safe food while on the road makes that method of travel as risky as spending a few hours in a closed environment like a plane.

Should all of society be forced by law to adapt and change because of my medical condition? No. But OTOH, is having a bag of peanuts as a snack an inalienable right? No. Food allergies are on the rise in both children and adults and, given that fact, I fail to see why airlines continue to serve peanuts. If they continue to do so they should at least update the safety briefing given at the start of a flight to include: "And we will be serving peanuts. They may cause a deadly reaction in the person sitting next to you but please do enjoy eating your snack."
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The place we all desperately need a nut-free zone is in our national governments.
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The place we all desperately need a nut-free zone is in our national governments.
With that I wholeheartedly agree.
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