Saturday, 12 May 2018

SIA and the Peanut Allergy

Passengers with nut allergy

A nut-free special meal does not contain peanuts and tree nuts (including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts, pecans and macadamias), and their derivatives.

We’ll make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request for a nut-free meal. However, we’re unable to provide a nut-free cabin or guarantee an allergy-free environment on board. It’s not unusual for other passengers on our flights to be served meals and snacks containing nuts or their derivatives. We also have no control over passengers consuming their own snacks or meals on board, which may contain nuts or their derivatives.

We request that you take every necessary precaution, bearing in mind the risk of exposure. If you have any concerns about your fitness to travel, we encourage you to share this information and discuss your travel plans with your doctor.

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Singapore Airlines responds over boy suffering from anaphylaxis on one of its flights

Singapore Airlines says even if it does ban peanuts, it cannot control what passengers bring onboard.

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Singapore Airlines stops serving peanuts as snacks on its flights
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has stopped serving peanuts as snacks to passengers on its flights, the carrier said

In response to queries from Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore, the airline said on Monday (30 April) that the new policy had taken effect since April 2018 and would apply to all its cabin classes.

The move comes after several peanut allergy cases that have occurred during flights, including on SIA planes.


SIA said, however, that nut products would still be served in in-flight meals.

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SIA to replace peanuts with peas & crackers in Economy Class, intense debate ensues

Singapore Airlines Economy Class will no longer serve snack packs containing peanuts. 
This is according to an SIA spokesperson:

“Since April 2018, Singapore Airlines has stopped serving peanuts as snacks to customers in all cabin classes.”

Instead, peas and crackers will be served.

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SIA stops serving peanuts as snacks on its flights

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will no longer serve peanuts as snacks to passengers on its flights, the carrier said.

The airline said the new policy would apply to all its cabin classes, The Straits Times reported on Monday (30 April). The move comes after several peanut allergy cases that have occurred on planes, including SIA planes.

SIA is not the first airline to stop serving peanuts on its planes. Airlines such as Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand and British Airways have already banned peanuts from all their flights.

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Parents call for SIA to stop serving nuts after toddler son suffers severe allergy attack mid-flight

The Daley family experienced a nightmare on board a SIA flight after their son suffered an allergic attack to peanuts. Screengrab/ ABC news

Singapore airlines (SIA) announced on Wednesday (July 19) that it is reviewing the serving of nuts on board its flights, following an incident last week where an Australian toddler suffered a severe allergic reaction to packets of peanuts being opened by other passengers.

Three-year-old Marcus, was accompanied by his parents Chris and Hong Daley, were travelling home from a holiday in Thailand via flight SQ217 from Singapore to Melbourne.

Prior to the trip, the couple requested for a nut-free meal for their son who suffers from anaphylaxis – a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction – reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

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Should peanuts be banned on planes? Mid-air emergency sparks debate

A mother-of-two has backed a call to ban peanuts on planes from the parents of a young boy who suffered a dangerous allergic reaction onboard a Singapore Airlines flight, saying she had a similar experience with the airline.

Chris and Hong Daley spoke out after travelling home from a holiday in Thailand with their son Marcus, 3, who suffers from anaphylaxis.

They had asked for a nut-free meal for Marcus, but they had not expected other passengers to be served peanuts as a snack.

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Southwest ignored boy's peanut allergy on flight, causing severe reaction, family claims

A 9-year-old boy had a severe reaction to peanuts after Southwest served them on the flight, despite advance notice of the kid's allergy.  (Courtesy: Chelsia Calvert)

A Texas family claims Southwest Airlines served peanuts on their flight, causing a severe reaction in their 9-year-old child, despite warning the airline of his life-threatening allergy in advance.  

Chelsia and Derrick Calvert were flying with their oldest son Christian from Atlanta back to their home in Houston Tuesday morning when the incident occurred, according to CPRC Click2Houston.

They say they notified the airline of Christian’s class 6 allergy (the most severe) to peanuts before their flight, both when they made the reservation and at the ticket counter before the flight.

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Mid-air peanut allergy emergency on Singapore Airlines flight prompts parents' warning

The parents of a Melbourne toddler have urged all airlines to stop serving peanuts after their three-year-old son suffered a potentially fatal allergic reaction mid-flight.

Chris and Hong Daley were travelling home from a holiday to Thailand last Wednesday and asked Singapore Airlines for a nut-free meal for their son, Marcus, who suffers from anaphylaxis.

He received the special meal but they had not expected other passengers to be served peanuts as a snack, and say when hundreds of packets were opened at once a mist and smell from the nuts filled the cabin.

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Child's peanut allergy warnings ignored on Southwest Airlines flight to Houston, family says

A family in The Woodlands said peanuts served on a Southwest Airlines flight set off a severe allergic reaction in their 9-year-old son.

Christian's parents, Chelsia and Derrick Calvert, of The Woodlands, want answers.

They say they notified Southwest Airlines of the their son, Christian’s level 6 (most severe) allergy to peanuts when they made their reservation and at the ticket counter.

“We checked in and made sure they knew about the peanut allergy,” said Chelsia Calvert, Christian’s mom. “It was also on his original ticket.”

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Peanut and Tree Nut Allergies

Peanut allergy is a type of food allergy to peanuts. It is different from tree nut allergies. Physical symptoms of allergic reaction can include itchiness, hives, swelling, eczema, sneezing, asthma, abdominal pain, drop in blood pressure, diarrhea, and cardiac arrest. Anaphylaxis may occur.

It is due to a type I hypersensitivity reaction of the immune system in susceptible individuals. The allergy is recognized "as one of the most severe food allergies due to its prevalence, persistency, and potential severity of allergic reaction." Prevention may be partly achieved through early introduction of peanuts to the diets of pregnant women and babies. The principal treatment for anaphylaxis is epinephrine as an injection.

In the United States, peanut allergy is present in 0.6% of the population. It is a common cause of food-related fatal and near-fatal allergic reactions. The declaration of the presence of trace amounts of allergens in foods is not mandatory in any country, with the exception of Brazil

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