Tuesday, June 25, 2019 03:00 AM

RULING BACKS AIRLINE PASSENGERS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

FRIDAY, June 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Airlines must permit passengers to preboard in order to wipe down seats as a precaution against food allergies[1], the U.S. Department of Transportation says.

The rule includes adults who have food allergies[2] and parents of children with food allergies[3], The New York Times reported.

The decision stems from a case in September 2016, when gate agents for American Airlines denied Nicole Mackenzie's request to preboard a flight to clean the area around the seat assigned to her seven-year-old daughter, who has life-threatening nut and seed allergies[4].

After the family filed a formal complaint with the Department of Transportation, officials ruled that American Airlines had violated the Air Carrier Access Act, an airline-applicable equivalent of the Americans With Disabilities Act, The Times reported.

Under the Air Carrier Access Act, severe allergies are considered a disability if they affect a passenger's ability to breathe or "substantially impact another major life activity."

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