If you have a nut allergy, you’re probably used to taking extra precautions when eating out — especially when dining in-flight. Even if you request a nut-free meal (or bring your own), close quarters mean that it’s hard to guarantee that you’ll be in a nut-free environment throughout the duration of the flight. Thankfully, though, there are ways to reduce this airline travel anxiety.
A new international study by the University of Michigan lists "eight mitigating factors" that have been proven to reduce the likelihood of an airplane passenger reporting an allergic reaction. These practical measurements include:
According to the study’s lead author, Matthew Greenhawt, M.D., M.B.A., M.Sc., of the University of Michigan’s Food Allergy Center, most airlines still serve nuts as snacks or in meals. Only Canada requires that there be a three-row buffer zone with advance notification only on Air Canada flights. Even still, be sure to check with your airline in advance to see if there's anything they can do to prevent an unpleasant and potentially dangerous flight.