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Table 4 Airline policies for allergic passengers (Data from 13 air carriers) a

From: In-flight allergic emergencies

  Number of airlines
Pre-boarding arrangements
• Request a food “buffer zone” 5
• No “buffer zone” 3
• Request “allergen-free meal” 1
• Pre-boarding to wipe down seats and table trays Yes 4
No 1
• Buffer zone for fragrance sensitivity 2
• Announcements to inform customers there is a peanut or tree-nut allergic passenger on board or that peanut products will not be served Yes 4
No 7
Free snack policy on peanut/nut/sesame
• Serving peanuts Yes 2
No 11
• Serving nuts and sesameaw Yes 8
No 1
• First class warmed nuts 3
Gluten-free meals Yes 11
No 1
Lactose-free meals 1
Shellfish served Yes 4
No 3
Fish served Yes 6
No 1
Buffer zones for passengers allergic to pets 5
  1. a In general air lines cannot guarantee an entirely peanut-free environment. Modified from reference [30]