American Airlines LAX to LHR
Rounding up the California road trip was a transatlantic flight from LAX to LHR, and although booked through British Airways, this flight was provided by their codeshare American Airlines. This allows the comparison of the food options and level of catering for those travelling with allergies to the outbound BA flight.
In a similar fashion to the British Airways flight, the American Airlines handed out a pack of “Mini Pretzels” early into the flight. As this flight did not originate in the EU, the allergen ingredients were not presented in bold text, but rather an excerpt at the end displaying included allergens; wheat in this case. There was also a warning that the pretzels were packed in a facility that handles peanuts, tree nuts, milk, soy and wheat.
Later on in the flight, two meals were provided. The first of which consisted of:
* Cajun Chicken: of which wheat, milk and soy were listed as allergens
* Romaine with Tomato and Parmesan Salad; of which milk was listed as an allergen
* Acacia Gormet Cream Crackers; of which wheat and soy were listed as allergens
* Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing; of which milk was listed as an allergen
* A “Brookie Bar”; of which eggs, soy, milk and wheat were listed as allergens
* Potato dinner roll; of which wheat and milk were listed as allergens
The second of which was a breakfast box which contained a comprehensive list of ingredients. Within the box, a flat top muffin, fruit bowl mix and granola crisp were provided. An allergen list for all of the ingredients was listed at the bottom of the page, with the following allergens: tree nuts, wheat, soy, milk, egg and peanuts. In addition to the box labelling, each of the three items were individually packaged and included a full list of ingredients.
In summary, I feel that American Airlines provided a secure envoronement for those travelling with allergies. All of the food items were individually packaged including a list of allergens as minimal, with most products lisiting the entire ingredient list.