Airline travel is stressful for the healthiest of people but it is even more stressful for those who suffer from an egg allergy or the parents of kids who are allergic to eggs. Although there has been a lot of media attention to people with nut allergies, there hasn’t been much attention to people with egg allergies. Eggs are found in a wide variety of foods, including pasta and salad dressings. Here are tips on how to fly safely even if you or a loved one has an egg allergy.
Pick An Early Flight
If it’s possible, choose an early flight because there will be fewer crumbs from foods like cookies made with eggs or plastic utensils laden with food on the floors. Many airlines wait until the end of the day in order to give the cabin a thorough cleaning.
Research the Airline’s Food Allergy Policy
Airline websites should list their policy for dealing with passengers with food allergies. If the website has a search feature, try keywords like “peanut” or “allergy” to quickly locate the policy. This should let you know if you can get egg-free alternatives to airline snacks or meals. You can also see if their policy is only for people with nut allergies or for people with egg allergies.
At Check In
Even if you have requested for a vegan meal when booking your ticket, you should remind the airline employee who checks you in that you need a vegan meal or snacks. If they sever pretzels, you need to see the ingredients. Some brands of pretzels are made with eggs. Also ask if you would be allowed to pre-board with handicapped passengers or passengers with small children so that you can clean your seat in comfort before everyone else crams aboard.
Bring As Much Food As You Can
If you have room in your purse or overnight back, place some egg-free snacks or candies for you to munch on during the flight. It’s also good to pack a condiment made for vegans such as Hampton Creek Just Mayo to help liven up drab airline sandwiches and salads.