With the recent announcement of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, it seemed a good time to discuss how to be gluten free while traveling. Based on my customer service experience, it honestly might be preferable if US Airways didn’t save American from their financial crisis. Being gluten free is challenging even with the many dining options we have on land. If one restaurant doesn’t work, you can always hop in your car and try another. Take us up 30,000 feet into the air and we may be in for what will feel like a very long trip with very few options, if any at all.
Does being gluten free change the way I travel? Absolutely. There are some things you should take into consideration before hopping on your next 757 to make sure you are prepared. The lesson I learned from traveling with American Airlines? Pack some snacks or starve.
I found that the flight attendants were ill-equipped to deal with gluten free needs. Here was my experience with American Airlines on a flight from LAX to DCA on December 29, 2012: (more…)