Flying Gluten Free – Travel Tips

Air travel can be stressful for anyone, but especially for those many people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. With the right preparation, however, you can avoid the pitfalls of gluten consumption while en route to your destination. Unfortunately more often than not, air travel is unavoidable. As a result, you need to be prepared and aware that the airports of the world and  the aircraft itself is wrought with gluten pitfalls. To keep your future air travel anxiety free no matter what the gluten free meal situation, we have prepared some handy tips for flying gluten free will help you to prepare and relax on your next flight.

  • Don’t bring any liquid foods, such as yogurt or rice pudding, since it will likely be confiscated at the security checkpoint.
  • Check the rules about importing and exporting things like meat, fruits and vegetables. For example, the USDA may confiscate and fruits or vegetable into and out of Hawaii. Other countries may also have some odd laws dictating what you can bring in.
  • If there is a meal offered on your flight, you can call ahead and request a gluten free meal. Make sure you don’t leave this until the last minute – most airlines need a special request to be made 24 hours before the departure time.
  • When you receive your gluten free meal , make sure that it is truly gluten free. Often it will be labelled with something like GFML (gluten free meal). Read the ingredients if they are listed to check that everything you’ve been given is safe. Also be sure to check that nothing extra has been added to your tray that isn’t meant to be there such roll or a packet of sauce.
  • Come prepared with your own food in case the airline makes an error with your special order.
  • Bring more than you think you’re going to need in case the flight is delayed or longer than expected.