Letters to the Editor

Letter: Improve food allergy accommodations on airlines

I call upon Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to co-sponsor bill S. 1972, the Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act of 2015, which is intended to improve food allergy accommodations among airlines.

This legislation was initiated by Food Allergy Research & Education, the leading advocacy organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies.

The bill will include a report to Congress on current airline policies, the incidence of inflight allergic reactions, require the stocking of epinephrine auto-injectors within six months, require the labeling of epinephrine currently included in airline emergency kits for the treatment of anaphylaxis within thirty days, and require training for airline crew members on how to recognize an acute allergic reaction and on how to administer auto-injectable epinephrine.

Schools in 48 states now stock epinephrine auto-injectors and more than 300 lives were saved during the 2013-14 school year because of the administration of this medication by teachers and other non-medical personnel.

On behalf of the thousands of food-allergic families in our state, I implore senators Cantwell and Murray to co-sponsor this legislation that will make it safer for the millions of Americans with food allergies to travel.

Dan Bradley