Proposed Allergy Protocol for Airlines
Risk Reduction Policy for Anaphylactic Passengers
Two Step Policy – To be implemented as soon as possible.
- Suspend serving and selling peanuts/nuts/sesame snaps when an allergic person makes the request.
- Announcement made at departure gate and on board, requesting passengers do not open or consume any peanuts/nuts during this flight. Passengers would not be asked to refrain from eating products labeled only as ‘may contain’ peanuts or nuts.
- The epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) carried by the anaphylactic passenger (or caregiver), with the pharmacy sticker or a doctor’s note is sufficient medical identification.
- Allow pre-board in order to speak with In-Charge Flight Attendant and to wipe down seat area.
- Require flight crew to be trained and authorized to administer an epinephrine auto injector.
- Add an ‘Allergy Notification’ on the Passenger Information List (PIL) to alert staff to expect the allergic passenger.
- Flight Booking Notice: “Please be prepared for possible food restrictions on your flight – in support of our anaphylactic passengers.”
- For passengers allergic to foods other than peanuts/nuts, with 48 hours’ notice, the airline will make every effort to come to an agreeable arrangement.
Steps 1) & 2)
- Flight crew will be trained never to refuse boarding to a passenger solely on the basis of that person’s food allergy and anaphylaxis risk.
Take Action – Circulate the Petition on Reducing the Risk for Anaphylactic Passengers
- Download and print the Petition Cover Letter
- Download and print the Policy to Reduce the Risk for Anaphylactic Passengers
- Download and print the Petition to the House of Commons
- Download and print the sample Letter to your Member of Parliament to accompany Petition
The Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI) is a network of Canadian families committed to raising awareness of anaphylaxis on Parliament Hill and with federal government officials.