Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Positive Airline Experience
0

7 posts in this topic

Usually I book my own flights directly with the airline, but because we had an extra leg this time and I was lazy, and I thought she might get me a better deal,I used a travel agent instead of Expedia or something else.. Bad me. Even though I confirmed with the agent she had ordered gluten free meals, at dinner time we were not on the list. :( BUT... the concierge on the flight was wonderful. Several trips to business class later, and we had cups of unsalted nuts, green salads with vinaigrette, seafood entrees of (cold roast chicken breast) and shrimp and smoked salmon with a mango salsa, a fruit platter, ice cream, a banana and an apple, and a selection of cheeses. Breakfast for me was scrambled eggs (with baked beans I avoided), yogurt, orange juice, milk and a cereal of very dubious origin which was declined, some more fresh fruit (pineapple, mango, grapes, etc.); hubs had a dinner left over from the previous evening which someone had declined - a vegetarian meal with beans and potatoes which suited him to a tee, along with all the other stuff except the eggs. Kudos to the concierge and a profusive endorsement of him to Air New Zealand. Neither of us had any problem with either meal .

We were so well fed I didn't eat any of the food we took with us until SFO, where I did my best to order something safe but everything comes in cans which are emptied out and the cans thrown away by the morning crew so the waitress couldn't tell me what was in anything. (As an aside, she said "People don't care what they eat in here, they just want food!") :lol:, so that made me really an oddball. So I said, that's okay, I'll just eat my own, so out came the salami and cheeses and crackers (minus the apple I had to declare at customs :( and which was confiscated).

So there was an airline which rose to the occasion. He was so apologetic and I bet it was all the fault of the stupid travel agent, in whose parking lot I got backed into and had to do an auto repair before I left too :rolleyes: Quoth the Raven: "Never more"

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Glad everything worked out for you, Shroomie...and glad to have you in the States again.

Mental Note: When we go to visit Shroomie, don't use a travel agent and fly Air New Zealand. You DO know we're comin', right? . . . Eventually.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Usually I book my own flights directly with the airline, but because we had an extra leg this time and I was lazy, and I thought she might get me a better deal,I used a travel agent instead of Expedia or something else.. Bad me. Even though I confirmed with the agent she had ordered gluten free meals, at dinner time we were not on the list. :( BUT... the concierge on the flight was wonderful. Several trips to business class later, and we had cups of unsalted nuts, green salads with vinaigrette, seafood entrees of (cold roast chicken breast) and shrimp and smoked salmon with a mango salsa, a fruit platter, ice cream, a banana and an apple, and a selection of cheeses. Breakfast for me was scrambled eggs (with baked beans I avoided), yogurt, orange juice, milk and a cereal of very dubious origin which was declined, some more fresh fruit (pineapple, mango, grapes, etc.); hubs had a dinner left over from the previous evening which someone had declined - a vegetarian meal with beans and potatoes which suited him to a tee, along with all the other stuff except the eggs. Kudos to the concierge and a profusive endorsement of him to Air New Zealand. Neither of us had any problem with either meal .

We were so well fed I didn't eat any of the food we took with us until SFO, where I did my best to order something safe but everything comes in cans which are emptied out and the cans thrown away by the morning crew so the waitress couldn't tell me what was in anything. (As an aside, she said "People don't care what they eat in here, they just want food!") :lol:, so that made me really an oddball. So I said, that's okay, I'll just eat my own, so out came the salami and cheeses and crackers (minus the apple I had to declare at customs :( and which was confiscated).

So there was an airline which rose to the occasion. He was so apologetic and I bet it was all the fault of the stupid travel agent, in whose parking lot I got backed into and had to do an auto repair before I left too :rolleyes: Quoth the Raven: "Never more"

Virgin Atlantic did the same for me on a return flight to the States. I changed my return date back home from England and they did not have time to prepare a gluten-free meal. I was told by the concierge that they would withhold food from first class passengers that would fit my dietary requirements and gave me first dibs on everything. Talk about service! I was just hoping they would keep my identity secret so I would not be accosted by hungry, angry passengers whose food I ate. :P I ended up with a great seafood meal and salad, with smoked salmon. You know, sometimes having a dietary restriction isn't so bad after all!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mental Note: When we go to visit Shroomie, don't use a travel agent and fly Air New Zealand. You DO know we're comin', right? . . . Eventually.

and don't bring apples

Welcome back Shroomie!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, that's a real nice welcome. Now could you just turn the heat lamp up a little??? Oh, I should go to Little Rock??? Nah, I don't think so :D

Yeah, I figure you're coming, but that you'll wait until the ground is a little more stable B) And at least in New Zealand you will find an amnesty bin where you can dispose of the stuff you didn't eat on the plane before you get to customs. I told the agent, well I could have just dropped it on the escalator :blink::ph34r:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




That's great to hear and ooh, jealous of the first class food! I've never gotten to sit in the pointy end of the plane, eating some of their food would be the next best thing :-) I was impressed by Air New Zealand when I flew them last year, I had a minor freak out over getting a gluten free bread roll (whoever heard of such a thing!) and so they ran through exactly what they'd done to prepare my meal (i.e, unwrapped nothing that would've contaminated it). So then I picked it up (it weighed a tonne) and broke it open and it shattered into a million pieces and we all laughed because we were all certain then it was gluten free. I loved that they were so understanding, friendly and also familiar with gluten-free products. They have so many people to serve but I still felt like an individual.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's great to hear and ooh, jealous of the first class food! I've never gotten to sit in the pointy end of the plane, eating some of their food would be the next best thing :-) I was impressed by Air New Zealand when I flew them last year, I had a minor freak out over getting a gluten free bread roll (whoever heard of such a thing!) and so they ran through exactly what they'd done to prepare my meal (i.e, unwrapped nothing that would've contaminated it). So then I picked it up (it weighed a tonne) and broke it open and it shattered into a million pieces and we all laughed because we were all certain then it was gluten free. I loved that they were so understanding, friendly and also familiar with gluten-free products. They have so many people to serve but I still felt like an individual.

Yeah, I love the crew - think they are all pretty great actually. I think it's because the SENIORS get the good flights and they know their onions (and their gluten free crumbly rolls). However..... I did once get a wholemeal cracker with my cheese :o but then we always check these things, right?? :rolleyes:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,681
    • Total Posts
      921,724
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Ok, I can't seem to find my first lot of blood tests that were done for Celiac screening, they did include TTG I remember that much, and I am getting another copy of it but another test did come in today.  I don't know how different tests are done around the world and I don't get all the medical jargon but this is what it states, ******************************************************************************* HLA DR/DQ Genotyping for Coeliac Disease, Specimen type : EDTA blood Method : Detection of sequence-specific oligonucleotides (Gen-Probe). HLA-DR - 1, 13          DRB1 - 01, 13 HLA-DQ - 5,6        HLA-DQA1 - 5,6      HLA-DB1 - 05, 06 Interpretation : No genotype susceptibility for coeliac disease.  The DQ2 and DQ8 antigens associated with increased risk of coeliac disease were not identified in this patient.  In the absence of these antigens, coeliac disease is extremely unlikely.   *******************************************************************************   I have read the horror stories of blood tests and scope biopsies not be done right or flawed but here is what I do know as of now, At the moment the most non invasive test I can have done say negative.  I have double scopes (endoscopy and colonoscopy) booked for the 12th of October with results from biopsies expected a week or two after. Chances are they will show, a) signs of coeliac disease (even if the odds are low it can still happen), b) show signs of something else entirely and we will be busy dealing with the ramifications of that or c) it will show no signs of coeliac but I will still be suffering from gluten sensitivity (which is harder/impossible to measure clinically). My GP has told me that stress and anxiety can be a cause of all the symptoms I have been experiencing and suggests if the scopes show nothing that I may benefit from something to treat anxiety, i.e. antidepressants.  Not in a, "Oh we don't know what it is so have these," kind of way, he agrees with the thought that the scopes could indeed show coeliac, something else or even be negative. I did tell him that I could have a sensitivity and that even without benefit of clinical results, some people have gone on a gluten elimination diet for a period of time to see if they get any relief.  My question is this, if the scopes come up negative and I try eliminating gluten, how long would it be before I saw any results or improvements?  I have read enough here and elsewhere to know that everybody is different, some see results within days, some see results longer but are there any guidelines for how long a test like this should be undertaken for?  I have heard everything thing from two weeks to two months.  All of this is entirely moot at this point but I know that even if the results said clear, there would always be a little part of me that wonders if it could be a sensitivity that is the problem.  Any thoughts or advice greatly appreciated, and a thank you to all those who have taken the time to respond and offer advice and encouragement so far.        
    • We don't delete accounts but can delete any personal information and change your screen name if you would like. Just send me a personal message with three possible screen names. For the record you can edit most things in your account area with the exception of your screen name.
    • Thanks I never heard of that dye before, I guess I have to find more natural meat thanks for the suggestion. 
    • Yes, I only eat one meal a day. Sometimes salad or fries or whatever I can find. And thanks for the replies again.
    • A colonoscopy is not used to diagnose celiac disease.  An endoscopy is used to obtain biopsies in the small intestine.  
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,680
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Misalina
    Joined