Airline travel is one thing, but airline travel while gluten free can be extra stressful. Considering what gluten free options there are at the airport, on the plane, and at the destination is just the start of the concerns.
When traveling by plane and requiring a gluten free diet, always plan ahead of time for your options and reconfirm with the airline that they have your dietary need noted. Have a backup plan in case there is a mistake made. At your destination, ensure you have a plan for safe food including preparation.
Traveling by air is likely the most stressful way to travel while needing to eat gluten free. We aren’t eating gluten free because we like it better, our entire vacation or business trip could be ruined by making mistakes in our plans. Traveling with kids who need to be gluten free adds another layer of difficulty as well.
When Gluten Free And Traveling By Airplane…
One of the first questions I hear about is what airline is the best to fly with or what options do each of the airlines have? I have attempted to put together a resource for those looking to fly and require a gluten free diet whether it is due to Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, or the myriad of other reasons someone may need to be strictly gluten free.
The answer to this question is usually dependent on the location and destination rather than the airline itself.
I’ve compiled a list of the common commercial airlines and the information that pertains to gluten free. If you are deciding between two airlines for your flights or looking at what to expect from the flight you already booked, scroll down to the airline and you will find the basic information.
I have compiled this information from the airlines’ websites, talking to the airline directly, and some information may have been gathered from personal experiences of myself or from reviews. This information may change over time and I can’t guarantee the accuracy in future times although I do strive to keep my posts as updated as possible.
Scroll to the airline in question for the basic information you may want to know including whether gluten free meals or snacks are offered, how far before your trip you may need to request them, and whether a carry-on bag is included. For further information, you should visit the airlines’ websites.
Please note that I do not recommend relying on the airline to provide food that does not have cross-contamination. All airlines I looked into had disclaimers to this effect.