We get a lot of questions about flying with an allergic child, because it's one of the most challenging aspects of travel. The confined space of an airplane combined with the restrictions on bringing liquids aboard make flying with allergies almost a military operation!
We even know some families who don't take vacations that require a flight for fear of an allergic attack on board. But imagine a world in which you can't visit family and friends who live far away and can't visit some of the most exciting destinations in the world. We're here to change that.
A successful airplane trip starts with advance planning. Consult with your physician about what medications to bring on board and get a doctor's note about what medicines and foods you need to bring along.
Contact the airlines to find out about their policies and don't be afraid to ask questions about exactly what they serve and how they heat up their food. Find out if you can board early to wipe down seats, whether they will provide a buffer zone and whether they are willing to ask all passengers to refrain from eating certain foods. Unfortunately, most airlines will not make a blanket announcement, but some will ask passengers in seats nearby to avoid allergens.
If you can, fly on the first flight of the day, since the plane will be cleanest then, and avoid multiple flights so you're only dealing with one crew and one plane.
When you're packing for the flight, keep in mind that you need a lot more food than you think. Flights can be delayed, and you can be stuck on the airplane for longer than you think you will be.
Don't forget to keep your child's medications on hand at all times. Don't put them in the overheard bin, and obviously don't put them in your checked luggage.
Bring wet wipes, tissues and disposable plates and utensils. If you can, bring a blanket to cover the entire seat.
The most important thing to remember in case of emergency is to treat your child immediately and then inform the crew of the problem. This way, they can be prepared if the situation gets worse and find out if there are medical professionals on board who can help.
Once you get off the plane and start your vacation, consider sending the airline a note with feedback (positive or negative) on your experience to help them be more considerate of passengers with allergies.
If your destination also includes probable exposure to allergens, be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you plan an allergy-safe and enjoyable vacation.
During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.
After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.
Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.
We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.
T.M., Chicago, USA
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!
We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.
My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!
It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)
We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!!
Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.
L.R., NY, NY
Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel. We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!
All the best,
S.C., New Jersey
We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.
T.G., Philadelphia, PA
"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew. The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”
G.A. Illinois USA