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Having a life-threatening food allergy is scary. Having a life-threatening food allergy at 35,000 feet can be downright terrifying. I’ve done quite a bit of flying throughout my life so I thought I’d pass along some of the things I’ve learned along the way. For simplicity and because it’s the food I’m most allergic to, I will use peanuts as the example throughout this post, but the general tips and tricks apply to a variety of food allergies.
Whether your flight is domestic or international, if possible, plan ahead. Begin by looking at the airline’s website. Most have policies in place for dealing with allergies and state whether or not they serve the most common allergenic foods on board. Print out the policy and bring it with you to the airport.
I’ve posted at least once about how we’re going to Mexico soon, so y’all know about that. You also know how much I love to plan in advance. I have a very frustrating story now to share with you about how Delta is making this vacation more work for me – and not the kind I like. There’s a travel tip buried in there for those who survive the gripe.
I booked our flights back in October 2008. I was so psyched – we had a direct there and back. The times were perfect too. On the way there, we were to leave around 12:30 and arrive at 2:30. Perfect – we didn’t have to get up super early, but there’d be just the right amount of time to get in, get a car with our friends, and head out to our house in plenty of time for dinner. On the way back, we were to leave at about 3:30 and get in at about 7:30. If the flight was on time and we weren’t too zonked, this would allow us to make a graduation party that evening.
Imagine my surprise when I received an email just a few weeks before we’re to head out saying that our itinerary has changed. Not only would we have to suffer through a layover in Atlanta each way, but the flight times were not good. The flights they put us on to get there would make our friends wait several hours for us to arrive and then we’d have to drive to our rental house in the dark. Awful! The flights on the way back weren’t so great either – the first flight left at an okay time, but we weren’t seated together (and I couldn’t fix it since the flight’s so full), and we would definitely miss the party that night.
Better late than never, but… There’s this cool website, InsideTrip.com, that launched about a year ago. What’s so neat about this airfare search engine? It has all kinds of interesting info to help you narrow down your flight options that other search engines don’t necessarily have. Check out the dashboard that popped up when I did a test search:
I understand times are tough. I understand the airlines are feeling it. AND I understand that Ryanair offers ridiculously cheap flights. The fact that they’re considering putting coin slots in the wc doors, however, is ridiculous. *sigh* Read more at Yahoo.
Friends of mine are visiting Ireland and the UK in early June. They’re flying in and out of Dublin and want to drive around in Ireland, blitz through London, check out Edinburgh and Loch Ness, and see Canterbury, Stonehenge, Bath, and Birmingham. Wow! They have to be in Birmingham in the middle of the trip, so they’re in the process of laying out a plan. One of the biggest issues with their planning is the big train v. plane debate. You ask, “It’s really a debate?” Yep, it sure is. This Travel Tip Tuesday, I’m going to share my view on this debate.
Very sad news:
A Continental Airlines plane crashed into a home near Buffalo, New York, late Thursday, killing all 49 passengers and crew members and a person in the home, authorities said. CNN
On Thursday, the UK gave permission to build a third runway at Heathrow. Why is this such big news? Lots of people are protesting this expansion. According to one blogger for Tripso, “The development of the runway, additional terminal and extra roads at Heathrow will lead to ‘the destruction of more than 700 homes, a 500-year-old pub and a school.'”