Food Allergies and Air Travel
The Canadian Transport Agency (CTA) is asking Air Canada to set up a formal policy regarding the current plan accommodating people on airplanes with severe nut allergies, following the complaints of two women on separate Canadian flights where nuts were served.
The CTA made a ruling after review of the complaints that a policy matching or equivalent to the policy suggested be implemented within a window of thirty days. After that, the two complainants will have a chance to respond or comment on the policy. The CTA is suggesting that passengers in need of this accommodation give advance notice so “Nut free Areas” can be established
However, one of the complainants has already stated that she does not believe Air Canada is doing enough. She is concerned that being in a confined space that the risk of exposure is still too high and that nut products should be barred from aboard a plane completely. She states that a buffer zone may work in a public area where the person has the option to walk away, however it will not work on a plane.
“It’s a good start, but it doesn’t go far enough” She was quoted on saying in regards to the CTA suggestion.