Most Common Travel Related Accidents and Injuries

Travel Guard has published their list of the most common travel related accidents and injuries.

*Renting and using vehicles such as mopeds, Segways, jet skis or scooters without proper instructions.

*Drinking alcohol: Falls cause numerous injuries, and poor judgement in any situation can lead to an accident.

*Going beyond physical limits: If your knee hurts while walking the dog, it will hurt even more on when you attempt to cover Paris in one day.

*Falling during transfers on and off the tour bus, from dock to boat, etc.

* Riding or approaching animals.

*Ignoring existing medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Getting ill. (Wash your hands, a lot.)

*Taking selfies: Watch where you walk and remember that circumventing safety measures to get better pictures can lead to injury.

*Eating exotic cuisines that can cause stomach problems. Engaging in adventurous or strenuous activities with no experience—rock-climbing, challenging hikes, zip lines.

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5 US Airlines’ Nut Policies

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Kerry Tice and Sean Sweeney have provided helpful information for those interested in nut allergies and airlines.

Trying to maintain a nut-free environment on airplanes is virtually impossible, but a number of carriers are taking steps to offer solutions to the problem.

Following is a roundup of the allergy policies of U.S. major carriers and whether or not they serve nuts on their flights. All of the carriers encourage passengers to take necessary medical precautions prior to flying. It should be noted that EpiPens are exempt from the TSA 3-ounce limit on liquids.

American Airlines
Though the carrier does not serve peanuts on its flights, it does offer mixed nuts to its first-class and business-class passengers, making it difficult to guarantee that passengers won’t be exposed to nuts during their trip. Effective Dec. 12, the carrier will allow passengers with nut allergies to board early to wipe down their seats.

“Some have asked us if we expect to see people faking a nut allergy in order to board the flight earlier,” said American spokesperson Michelle Mohr. “We do not expect rampant abuse of this policy. We do not think that our customers will fake having a potentially life-threatening allergy in order to simply board the plane a little bit faster.”

Delta Air Lines
If a passenger notifies Delta of a peanut or nut allergy at least 48 hours prior to the flight, the carrier will refrain from serving any kind of peanut products onboard, instead offering non-peanut snacks to everyone onboard.

Additionally, passengers can alert gate agents if they would like to pre-board to decontaminate their seats, but the airline advises that they must bring their own cleaning materials.

The carrier’s website policy reads: “Though we always aim to work with you to make your flight safe and comfortable, we cannot guarantee a peanut- or nut-free flight or prohibit other customers from carrying nut products aboard. If you need to make us aware of a nut allergy for an upcoming flight, please visit My Trips to fill out the Accessibility Service Request form or call Delta reservations at 404-209-3434.”

United Airlines
United does not serve pre-packaged peanuts on its flights, but notes on its website that it does “prepare and serve meals and snacks utilizing a variety of other ingredients, including major food allergens.”

Due to this, the carrier says it cannot guarantee an allergen-free meal or environment on its flights or prevent customers from bringing food items onboard that contain major food allergens, including peanuts.

United’s website policy reads: “If you have concerns about a severe food allergy, please notify a flight attendant onboard the aircraft. In some cases, we may be able to pass along your request to other customers seated nearby to refrain from opening and eating any allergen-containing products they may have brought onboard.

For operational reasons, we cannot remove any onboard products based on individual customer requests, and we do not offer allergen-free buffer zones on our aircraft. Since we cannot guarantee allergen-free flights, we encourage customers to review any health concerns with their physicians prior to flying.”

Southwest Airlines
The carrier stopped serving peanuts on its flights on Aug. 1, however their website policy states that many of the snacks they serve “may be packaged in the same facility as peanuts. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that they don’t contain peanut particles or oil.” Southwest also stated it cannot prevent passengers from bringing peanuts onboard its flights.

JetBlue
JetBlue does not serve peanuts onboard but does serve other nuts and food items that may be cross-contaminated with peanuts. On request, the carrier will create a three-row buffer zone around a passenger with a nut allergy and ask those passengers in that zone to refrain from eating any nuts. JetBlue will also offer a full refund to passengers whose allergies make it impossible for them to travel.

Tips for Flying with your Pet(s)

More and more people are flying with their pets. Some of these pets are considered family members. Some are service pets.Others are considered comfort pets. Still others, are simply seeing how far they can push the boundaries of air travel for pets.

Below are 7 tips provided by Centrav Travel.

If you are thinking of flying with a pet, check with the airline for their policy.

Baggage Fees Going Up, Up, Up

Jet Blue and United got the ball rolling, and now Delta and American are following suit with a baggage fee increase.

Delta and American are both increasing the fee for the first bag from $25 to $30. The fee for a second bag on both carriers is increasing from $35 to $40.

Plastic Airport Security Trays Full of Viruses

The following article was provided by Incentive Connection Travel.

The highest levels of respiratory viruses at airports are on the plastic trays used at security checkpoints, a new study finds.

Researchers took samples from a variety of of surfaces at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland and found evidence of respiratory viruses on 10 percent of the surfaces.

The highest virus levels were found on plastic trays used at the hand luggage X-ray checkpoint, but viruses were also detected on shop payment terminals, staircase rails, passport checking counters, children’s play areas and in the air.

No respiratory viruses were found on toilet surfaces, according to the study published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases.

“This study supports the case for improved public awareness of how viral infections spread. People can help to minimize contagion by hygienic hand washing and coughing into a handkerchief, tissue or sleeve at all times, but especially in public places. These simple precautions can help prevent pandemics and are most important in crowded areas like airports that have a high volume of people travelling to and from many different parts of the world,” said study author Jonathan Van Tam, a professor of health protection at the University of Nottingham, in the U.K.

“The presence of microbes in the environment of an airport has not been investigated previously. The new findings support preparedness planning for controlling the spread of serious infectious diseases in airports. The results also provide new ideas for technical improvements in airport design and refurbishment,” study author Niina Ikonen, a virology expert at the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, said in a Nottingham news release.

Discipleship Travel LLC comments:

We have found Purell Sanitizing Wipes (see box below) to be a helpful airport travel item. We use them to clean the seat area, including armrests, seat belt buckle, tray table, etc., before getting settled into our seats. With the recent study results, it might not be a bad idea to wipe the plastic trays in security.