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Flying Emirates with a Peanut Allergy

Flying Emirates with a Peanut Allergy

flying emirates with a peanut allergy

Flying Emirates with a Peanut Allergy

During our trip to Australia, we took a total of 11 flights! After all those flights, I must say that I have become a lot cooler about flying. Not because they all went perfectly (more to come later about one of my nightmare situations coming true – it does not involve a reaction), but because with time you get into a routine and develop what makes you feel safe.

Things that I do are board last; I wipe down my seat, take my antihistamines, eat my plane food, have tiny moments of panic when they pass out little snack bags (and then chill when it’s just pretzels) and watch as many movies as possible. What I stopped doing was tell the flight crew about my allergies. This is because of an incident I read about with Emirates and the fact that I’ve almost been kicked off a plane twice.

Flying Emirates with a Peanut Allergy

Now, let’s talk about flying Emirates with a peanut allergy. When I first flew with Emirates, I was super nervous because they have kicked a passenger off the plane due to their allergy. I have since overcome that nervousness, and I have taken a total of 7 flights with Emirates, 5 of which were during our Australia trip. And each trip has been super easy. I wonder if it is because I haven’t said anything? Anyhow, they have an awareness of food allergies, even though their online statement is less than comforting.

The first time I flew with Emirates the food provided was not as heavily labeled as it was this time around. Most food items list the ingredients, and they have an allergy warning at the bottom of their menu. There were even foods I could eat but didn’t since I’m a ‘let’s not try anything new while in the air’ kinda gal.

Flying Emirates with a Peanut Allergy

My thought on eating food provided by an airline is that you just shouldn’t. Especially the meals. Even if they have the list of ingredients, you have no way of knowing if there was cross contact or what kind of kitchen facilities they have. To me, packaged food feels safer if you are in a pinch to eat something. I only ever eat food I personally bring on the plane.

Are Peanuts on Emirates Planes?

I don’t know if they serve nuts on the plane. If you can believe it all five flights I’ve been on with Emirates have been with the Airbus380, so who knows what fancy snacks the people upstairs are indulging in – it could be a peanut party for all I know. I wish I could tell you more about their peanut protocol and how they would handle an allergic reaction. I can tell you that on my seven flights with Emirates, I in no way experienced any form of reaction or sensation that nuts were near me.

My conclusion on flying Emirates with a peanut allergy is it’s up to your discretion. I personally feel safe traveling with Emirates. Plus they have had the cleanest planes I’ve been on, so even though their allergy policy is crap their planes are super clean!

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  • Thank you again for all those informations. I really appreciate every post you make on travelling with food allergy.

    • Thank you Isabelle. I am so happy that this has been helpful 😀 I truly believe that food allergies should not stop us from seeing the world. (ps. I have a special project I’ve been working on with a few other allergy folks and can’t wait to share it with you soon!)

  • Thanks so much for writing this! I am planning to fly Australia to Europe later this year and was almost convinced I’d never survive the flight over there. This makes me feel so much better and safer about flying to and from. I’m definitely planning on bringing my own food on board and wiping surfaces.

    Thanks again so much!

    • I’m so happy that you are feeling more confident in making the journey. I do suggest breaking it up, so you have have some time to breath in between flights. Where are you planning on visiting in Europe?

      • We have a nice 9 hour stopover in dubai haha so hopefully that’s a good breather! We’re planning on going to the UK and then through to Amsterdam, Berlin, Salzburg, Venice, Rome, Florence, Paris then to Scotland to see family for a bit! I’m very very nervous about food over there though in general! I’m hoping there are English ingredients listed in grocery stores ?

        • Will you have data? Google translate is awesome because it translates pictures of text. This is definitely a helpful tool. I find a lot of products in Europe have ingredients in every language but English.

  • Hi there! We flew from Australia to Europe with Emirates in May last year (2017) with our 10 year old daughter who is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. They were amazing!! Allowed us to pre-board to wipe down her seat, tray, etc and were wonderfully accommodating with the food we carried onboard.
    Cannot fault their service, cleanliness or attitude.
    We have also flown with Virgin Australia to LA and Virgin were just as wonderful.
    We do tell the airline staff about her allergies and always choose seats that allow for a little extra space. Most airlines are very willing to help with seat selection or are prepared to change your seats on the day to accommodate this.
    Enjoy traveling!!

    • Hi Olivia,
      I am so glad to hear that they took such good care of you and your family! Love to hear that you and your family do so much travelling and don’t let food allergies stop you. Thank you for sharing your experience. ❤️

  • It helps if you are white or fair skin color when traveling in the Middle East, Pakistan, etc.. My family has sever allergies, and guess what, our white members, including adults, get a pass when frisking for allergies, but our browner kids get hammered with statements like “we can’t do anything about it”, “so?”, “please stay in your seat, you can’t switch because the person next to you is eating nuts”, etc…

    You are lucky. I am Arab. I know what discrimination is.

    Shame on Emirates.

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