American Airlines Will Offer Early Boarding to Passengers With Nut Allergies

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Nobody gives enough credit to people with nut allergies for winning the culture wars.

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On Thursday, USA Today reported that people with nut allergies will attain the airport status long hogged by people with small children, members of the armed forces, and, above all, the wealthier people on any given flight, in that they will also get to board early if they’re flying on American Airlines. The announcement was first made in a filing American submitted to the U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday.

The airline said in a statement about the new policy “Customers with nut allergies who would like to board flights early to wipe down surfaces may ask to do so at the gate. Though we do not serve peanuts in flight, we can’t guarantee our customers won’t be exposed to peanuts or other tree nuts during their trip. We encourage those with allergies to take all necessary medical precautions before flying.”

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It’s about damn time! I don’t understand why people with nut allergies can’t wipe down their area once they’ve boarded but am happy for them regardless.

The new policy goes into full effect December 12. Bloomberg reports that American Airlines took the plunge toward absolute nut allergy righteousness after complaints were filed  against the airline last year over an incident involving a woman whose son has a life-threatening peanut allergy.

American Airlines is not the first to install this option: Delta also does early boarding for nut-allergic passenger. United and Southwest seem not to have broached the matter, yet.

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adrastra
Adrastra, patron saint of not giving a fuck

This seems like a good idea.

Question: how do airlines deal with passengers who take animals onboard versus people who are allergic to said animals? Like, who gets priority there in terms of not having to move, the person with an animal, or the person who is allergic? And what happens on longer flights given that there’s re-circulated air?

I’m genuinely curious, as I’m deathly allergic to horses but very rarely take allergy medications, as my day-to-day contact with them is nonexistent, and luckily they don’t really fit in passenger planes.