Air travel can be particularly stressful for individuals and families managing food allergies because they do not have access to emergency medical care and airline policies on accommodations can be hard to find or inconsistently applied. Today, bipartisan federal legislation has been introduced that will help address some of the biggest challenges faced by airline passengers with food allergies. The Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, (S.1972) was championed by FARE and a coalition of patient advocacy groups.
If passed, the bill would:
- Direct the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct and submit a report to Congress on air carrier policies relating to passengers with food allergies
- Require airlines to carry epinephrine auto-injectors, and to train crewmembers to recognize the symptoms of an acute allergic reaction and to administer auto-injectable epinephrine
- Instruct the Federal Aviation Administration and individual airlines to clarify that the 1:1,000 epinephrine ampules that are currently included in emergency medical kits are intended to be used for the treatment of anaphylaxis
Working with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to introduce this important legislation is one of a number of actions FARE and fellow advocacy organizations are taking to improve air travel for the food allergy community.
Current co-sponsors include Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mark Warner (D-VA). Learn more about the bill by reading our press release at www.foodallergy.org/2015/080615.
Now we need your help to get this important bill passed into law. Take action by signing up for the FARE Advocates Network at www.foodallergyadvocacy.org.