FARE has continued its efforts to improve federal requirements regarding airline policies for passengers with food allergies.
These efforts have focused on ensuring the appropriate labeling for use and accessibility of epinephrine on planes, including epinephrine auto-injectors; the consistency and accessibility of airline policies regarding food allergies; and the collection of data on incidents of severe food allergic reactions.
At the request of FARE, and with the strong support of Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Il) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Senate FY 2016 Transportation Appropriations bill report includes a provision encouraging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to evaluate medical supplies required in airline emergency medical kits, including the question of whether epinephrine auto-injectors should be required.
On the House side, FARE worked with Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, who was successful in advocating inclusion of the following provision in the House FY 2016 Transportation Appropriations bill:
The Committee directs the FAA to review its policies concerning severe allergic reactions aboard aircraft and submit a report within 90 days of enactment detailing: the reporting requirements for airlines when an allergic reaction occurs, the data collection standards for such a report, and the number of reports in the past year.
FARE is currently working with senators who are encouraging the FAA to update its policies on epinephrine, including labeling for use, including auto-injectors, and improving airline preparedness regarding passengers with food allergies.
You are encouraged to voice your concerns to your senators and representatives regarding these issues, and to continue to share your stories with us as well by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.