American Airlines to allow nut allergy sufferers early boarding

Passengers with peanut and tree-nut allergies will soon have the option to board American Airlines flights e...

Posted: Nov 12, 2018 8:37 AM

Passengers with peanut and tree-nut allergies will soon have the option to board American Airlines flights early to wipe down seating areas of potential allergens.

The new policy goes into effect December 12 as flight-service manuals are updated.

"American Airlines customers with nut allergies who would like to board our flights early to wipe down surfaces may ask to do so at the gate," said American Airlines spokeswoman Michelle Mohr. The policy was first reported by Bloomberg.

Passengers are free to wipe down their seating areas of potential allergens at any time, but the new policy gives extra consideration to concerned allergy sufferers.

"I certainly understand the deep, deep concern people have, especially parents with young children," Mohr said. Mohr herself suffers from a severe nut allergy and carries an EpiPen.

The airline encourages passengers to take all necessary medical precautions before flying, she said.

American Airlines hasn't served peanuts in years, but it does serve a combination of warm mixed nuts to First and Business class passengers on trans-oceanic flights, Mohr said. That mixture does not contain peanuts.

But the airline cannot guarantee that customers won't be exposed to peanuts or tree nuts on any flight as passengers may bring their own snacks aboard or transfer nut residue from other places.

The new policy was included in a filing with the U.S. Transportation Department on November 6. It comes in response to a complaint filed last year by Food Allergy Research & Education and the mother of a child with a dangerous peanut allergy, Bloomberg reported.

Mohr dismissed any notion that passengers who do not suffer from allergies might take advantage of the policy.

"We do not expect rampant abuse of this policy. We do not believe our customers will fake a potentially life-threatening allergy just to board the plane a little bit faster," she said.

Southwest Airlines stopped serving peanuts on all flights this summer.

When notified of a passenger allergy, Delta Air Lines will not serve peanuts or related products on specific flights. The airline also offers passengers the option to pre-board to clean seating areas of potential allergens.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 449038

Reported Deaths: 33081
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens715777243
Kings669717315
Bronx525264939
Nassau461542201
Suffolk460102011
Westchester377551454
New York330113173
Richmond157131085
Rockland14801675
Orange11790498
Erie10917689
Monroe5876289
Dutchess5053153
Onondaga4201205
Albany3006134
Oneida2373123
Ulster223995
Niagara1714101
Putnam157363
Sullivan157048
Broome145969
Schenectady137748
Saratoga99017
Rensselaer89642
Columbia58037
Chautauqua5369
Madison48617
Ontario45635
Oswego4243
Tompkins3940
Warren35633
Steuben34442
Fulton33224
Otsego3255
Orleans32354
Chemung3223
Greene31918
Herkimer31910
St. Lawrence3154
Genesee3145
Wayne3095
Washington28714
Cattaraugus2536
Chenango2487
Montgomery2234
Tioga22225
Livingston2018
Cayuga1962
Jefferson1610
Essex1580
Cortland1550
Clinton1545
Wyoming1325
Delaware1304
Seneca1053
Allegany961
Schoharie830
Franklin640
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler370
Hamilton150
Unassigned016
Utica
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 36°
Oneonta
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 32°
Herkimer
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 36°
Thendara
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 36°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left