My food allergy colleague and the brains behind No Nut Traveler, Lianne Mandelbaum, has helped introduce a bill to place stock epinephrine on airlines and train airline personnel on the symptoms on anaphylaxis and how to administer autoinjectors.
This is a safety measure that just makes sense.
An in-flight food allergy reaction is frightening and can be deadly. It’s a situation that our family has experienced first hand. My father-in-law DISCOVERED he was anaphylactic to shrimp (at age 40) on a transcontinental flight midway over the Atlantic Ocean. Amazingly, there WAS an epinephrine auto-injector on the flight but the flight attendants wouldn’t deliver the injection, stating they needed a doctor to administer it. When he flashed his medical credentials (he’s a surgeon), the attendants told him (as he ballooned and his condition became serious) that they required ANOTHER doctor to administer the life-saving medication. Luckily, flight attendants and passengers assembled a hefty dose of Benadryl that helped ease the reaction until the plane landed several hours later. Imagine having your first anaphylactic reaction as an adult to a food that you’ve loved and eaten safely for years? It could happen to anyone…
Lianne has helped inform Sen. Mark Kirk (R – IL) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D – NH) who introduced bill S.1972, the Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act of 2015, to Congress. Current co-sponsors include Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mark Warner (D-VA).
I encourage you to read more about this bill and the efforts behind it at No Nut Traveler. And, please reach out to your local representatives and ask them to support S.1972. What an easy way to make air travel much safer!