British Airways - Allergy Issues

Old Jan 28, 19, 4:46 pm
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In hospital, it would be usual for any allergies to be written on a white board above the patientís bed, wearing of a red coloured wristband and documented on a drug chart, I wonder if there was a way that BA could develop a vosual clue at the seat to jog their memory.
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Old Jan 28, 19, 5:24 pm
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Originally Posted by windowontheAside View Post
This sort of story makes me shudder. I have a family member with a severe allergy and a mistake like this could easily be life-threatening. Especially on a plane where intervention options are limited. Of course, at that level the SOP is to self-cater but it's a bit sad that the possibility of human error rules out even seemingly safe options anywhere outside of home.
In a situation like that I would not put anything in my mouth whose journey from "farm to table" was known to me. Period.
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Old Jan 29, 19, 4:03 am
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I have a few friends with allergy issues of all types, feel sorry for them, however they always travel with their own food just to avoid issues like this.
I know its not the best, but at least they know exactly what they are eating
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Old Jan 29, 19, 6:50 am
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Originally Posted by navylad View Post
In hospital, it would be usual for any allergies to be written on a white board above the patientís bed, wearing of a red coloured wristband and documented on a drug chart, I wonder if there was a way that BA could develop a vosual clue at the seat to jog their memory.
Perhaps a board around their neck and a pointy paper hat? 😁
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Old Jan 29, 19, 7:44 am
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Originally Posted by fotographer View Post
I have a few friends with allergy issues of all types, feel sorry for them, however they always travel with their own food just to avoid issues like this.
I know its not the best, but at least they know exactly what they are eating
I'd be perfectly happy if there was an option, when booking,to not have food provided. I imagine the airline would benefit too. I know the cost of food is a very small component of the total fare but, psychologically, I feel that because I've paid a lot for CW I want my money's worth, including a decent meal.

Even if they knocked £50 off a long haul flight for not eating, I'd feel much better about bringing my own food.

As it is, I haven't been able to eat the nuts that come with drinks now BA have changed what they serve (cashews were fine for me, olives would be great). I try to eat low carb due to diabetes, so bread/pasta/rice etc are not ideal for me although it doesn't kill me to have them on occasion. I'm severely allergic to shellfish and some nuts (mainly the ones that BA have started to put on most of their menus), and I'm intolerant (acute discomfort) to quite a lot of the more upmarket type of fruit and veg that appears more often in premium classes (mangoes, spinach, kiwi and mint in particular). I end up picking my way through a BA menu, whereas the airlines that offer a more varied choice and a dine on demand service, like Qatar, are so much better for me.

So yes, I should bring my own food if I'm flying BA - but only because they're so inflexible. The lack of flexibility has been discussed elsewhere so I won't go into that,but I would feel so much better catering for myself if it was a choice I could make when booking, and be compensated for it.
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