I wonder now ---re reading all of the responses to the original post if SWA should pretty much just ban food altogether on a flight 🙂 what is the policy IF a fellow passenger on the flight DID (without knowledge of someone with a peanut allergy on the plane) bring a peanut containing food item? Is it the normal SWA protocol to pretty much publicly announce on flights that a person has peanut allergies after everyone has boarded--- and confiscate peanut containing items from fellow passengers ? Just wondering what the current protocol is. I just got back from a vacation and SWA flight where the flight attendant asked me if I wanted her to announce that I had fragrance sensitivity so ALL of the people on the plane would be aware not to use anything highly scented while on the plane OR....maybe even NOT even sit near me. Glad I had my doctor's papers with me for the early boarding accomodations SWA is kind enough to provide with the un-reserved seating! A great plus for my health condition. I was sooo embarassed already that I told the flight attendant "no thanks" I didn't want her to announce on the plane formally as I didn't want to be singled out as the "weirdo, or that girl with the allergy" whose reactions were dependent upon what other people on the plane might do or not do....as in using synthetic chemical containing or fragrance containing products that would give me sore throat or headache...( heck I was wearing my allergy mask on the plane as my "allergy" and fragrance/chemical hypersensitivity is not something I can control and is a disease that most people do NOT understand as MCS or even Mast Cell Activation Syndrome sufferers react to lower than normal levels of substances and scented products in the ambient air thant NORMAL people ). Then I pretty much shrunk down in my seat and tried to act "normal" burying my nose in the book I brought on the plane. Thank God that flight was only 90 minutes. At least I wasn't treated rudely like that time 2 years ago when the Southwest flight attendant pretty much LAUGHED in my face and said "good luck" avoiding fragranced chemicals on the plane! That made me seriously angry and I didn't get around to writing to SWA that they need to have their flight attendants display more tact and empathy/compassion in their interactions with allergic SWA passengers/customers. I seriously do strongly EMPATHIZE with all peanut or pet allergy people....you have an allergy or can have allergic reactions and your life and health is sometimes at the mercy of people around you doing or not doing things that could affect the possibility of you getting sick on a flight and you have little control over unintentional exposures ....sometimes even if all the main precautions are taken to prevent a reaction....at times the unplanned and unforeseen happens....but that is real life.
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