We understand that flying with a food allergy can be stressful and cause much anxiety in those with a severe allergy. Our aim is to create a safe environment for all people with allergies by working with and educating the travel industry; focusing on medical facts, food labelling, risk reduction, and allergen management.
In February 2019 Lynne Regent, CEO of the Anaphylaxis Campaign attended a meeting with the Aviation Minister Liz Sugg. This was in light of the Governments desire to see improved clarity and consistency in how the aviation sector deals with allergies.
The Department for Transport has published a consultation on the future of aviation, which proposes the introduction of a passenger charter, a clear set of standards for how airports and airlines treat consumers.
The measures proposed within the passenger charter referring to allergens include the following;
- Provide consistent standards for allergy sufferers to make certain that consumers know what to expect when they fly
- Raise awareness of special assistance services – including how to access them and ensure that passengers have the information they need to give them the confidence to travel by air; considering formats, language, appropriate illustrations or videos and sources of information provision such as health centres
- Improve the pre-notification process – to capture and transmit all relevant information
The Anaphylaxis Campaign welcomes this consultation and believes that consistent information for consumers with allergies should be available when travelling by air. We will continue to work with the Department for Transport, the industry and the Civil Aviation Authority to help airlines adopt a culture of allergy awareness and education and to introduce measures which will increase the confidence of those affected by food allergies when flying.