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5/18/11 7:25 P

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You should be able to bring food on the plane. You can't bring it into the country. When I was still eating gluten, I had bought a sandwich in England, and had half of it still in my bag. A cute little dog sniffed it out, and my bag was searched. The woman saw it was just a sandwich of cooked meat, and didn't make a fuss. I was very embarrassed, but it was okay.
You can't bring fruit from overseas here, or from the U.S. to England. But, I always bring a couple of pieces for on the plane.
Hope this helps.
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5/18/11 2:28 A

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Thanks for all your input. We will keep checking in with the travel agent to make sure it is confirmed. We are in Mozambique (heading to the States) and there is nothing packaged that I can bring except for an instant cereal made with corn (ProNutro) that you can just add water to. I will need to make whatever we need. I think boiled eggs will travel well. I know we are not supposed to bring fruit internationally but maybe we can pick some up in the airport.

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Thanks for all your input. We will keep checking in with the travel agent to make sure it is confirmed. We are in Mozambique (heading to the States) and there is nothing packaged that I can bring except for an instant cereal made with corn (ProNutro) that you can just add water to. I will need to make whatever we need. I think boiled eggs will travel well. I know we are not supposed to bring fruit internationally but maybe we can pick some up in the airport.

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5/17/11 7:54 P

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I like the idea of bringing a cooler with the note and my own food. I am going overseas in Oct. and this is on my mind.
I have investigated the food situation in England and Wales, and there is a lot of awareness now about GF. I'm a bit stressed, but I feel comfortable enough to handle it now.
I'll be interested in what happens. The only flying I've done since the diagnosis is short term, and a small snack has sufficed.
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5/17/11 4:18 P

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I used to be a TA and I'm sure your TA put in the request but still call to reconfirm and make sure that they even offer GF meals. Also call a few days before departure to make sure it's still there.
At my agency we had someone that needed oxygen on a flight to Hawaii, the request was put in who know how many times and the next day it'd be gone, we had our Hawaiian air rep put it in, same thing. Finally someone high on the HA chain put it in and had to do it daily till the day of dptr. We can live a few hours without food, we can't live without oxygen so if you can imagine what that person went through trying to get their needed air confirmed with the airline. Always reconfirm your requests, and note I repeatedly say request because that is all it is.

I'd bring my own food and get a note from your Dr saying it's a medical necessity. I saw someone on another GF board say her hubbie that travels for work puts the food in a small red cooler and put a sign on the cooler saying "Medical supplies" and never been questioned.

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5/17/11 3:32 P

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I would find out what you can carry with you and carry things in case they mess up. I am not sure what the rules are for food...

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5/17/11 3:11 P

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Does anyone have info on GF airplane food? Our travel agent said she requested it and it is confirmed but I am a little nervous as to whether they will have it or not and whether it will truly be GF. This is for an international trip across the Atlantic.

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