Travelling by air

12 July 2023

You may remember how proud I was (and still am) to announce that I will be a MedicAlert Ambassador last year. That is because, when I’m travelling, I never go anywhere without wearing my MedicAlert jewellery. 

MedicAlert IDs are worn on pulse points, either as a bracelet or necklace. In the event of an emergency when first responders arrive on the scene, they can be easily seen. This allows for quick identification of the best treatment to give and what medication must not be given, especially for people who may have allergies to certain medications.

Julianne in greece

You can join right here on their website and after entering your medical details, a registered nurse reviews all your medical details on your record, to ensure that the most vital information is engraved on your MedicAlrert ID. And they are NHS recommended too!

Wearing a MedicAlert ID not only gives me confidence but also gives my family and friends peace of mind – so if I was out and about and there was an emergency, I’d get the right help.

If you travel to one particular country regularly, and they don’t speak your language, you can wear two, one in your own language, and one in the language of that country, but even if you don’t, the 24/7 emergency helpline is available in over 100 languages and dialects and can be called from anywhere in the world!

Julianne taking in the view

7 Airlines – an overview of how they treat customers with allergies:

If you are planning any overseas holidays and are living with food allergies and intolerances, it is important for you to be aware of what options are available to you and how and where you can be safe when travelling on an aeroplane, we have done the research for you to save you the time. Here is a list of the larger airlines and what they offer people with allergies:

  1. BA – cannot guarantee a nut-free flight, but on request, BA can suspend the sale of them on board, and make an announcement.

  1. Emirates - serve nuts on all flights, as a meal ingredient or accompaniment to drink. There is no option for a special meal and the airline requests passengers bring their own food.

  1. EasyJet – very similar to BA.

  1. Lufthansa – as above.

  1. Virgin Atlantic – as above.

  1. Air France – an allergen-free meal is available by prior request, but it may be subject to availability, depending on the destination.

  1. Qantas – removed peanuts from all its flights in the early 2000s. They also minimised their use in in-flight food. Special meals are available. Other nuts are served, and they cannot guarantee an allergen-free flight. However, staff are trained to spot symptoms of anaphylaxis and spare EpiPens are carried on board.

I would take my own food if I’m the slightest bit uncertain about the airline, and of course, I always have my MedicAlert ID as a security blanket!

To find out more about how MedicAlert supports people living with all kinds of allergies, click below


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