To prepare, I reviewed my own AllerDad tips for travelling with food allergy children, plus I got some last minute helpful pointers from Lianne Mandelbaum (thanks for reaching out!).
Thankfully, the airline we used (El Al) was very accommodating and they do not serve nuts. We boarded early to disinfect the seats and tray tables and we spoke to the other passengers around us to make them aware of our allergies.
Overall the flight was nothing but ordinary... a little turbulence, a lot of restless sleep, and a couple of very busy parents - which is exactly what a food allergy family wants to experience on a flight!
Once we arrived in Israel it was a whole new ballgame. I can say that in all my years as a food allergy parent, I've never been as nervous as I was on this trip. The thing about Israel is that it seems to be where we were in America 10 years ago in terms of food allergy awareness and food allergy safety. Also, having 3 children who are allergic to sesame poses a unique challenge in Israel as so much of Israeli cuisine is based on sesame and sesame oil as staple ingredients. This meant that even a simple pizza shop was incredibly intimidating for me and my wife.
Note the following exchange between me and an uninformed Israeli restaurant worker. We had similar conversations with others throughout the trip: