Amtrak Quietly Changes Their Unaccompanied Minor Policy

Amtrak has quietly changed their Unaccompanied Minor Policy.  Before and after images are below, revealing that the food allergy related has been removed – the suit filed is ongoing.  A change in the policy as listed online does not change the discrimination that occurred and that was inherent when suit was filed.

To my knowledge, Amtrak still has made no statement about the case, about the policy, or about the change in policy.

August 3, 2014 versus November 3, 2014 (click to enlarge)
August 3, 2014 versus November 3, 2014 (click to enlarge)

Finally, the following note now appears immediately after the changed policy – the requirement of self administration may be an attempt to disclaim any responsibility for Amtrak’s conduct on its trains with regard to food allergic individuals:

Take Precautions for Allergies

Because Amtrak is unable to guarantee a peanut-free or allergen-free trip, we strongly encourage unaccompanied minor passengers to take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Parents/guardians must ensure that the unaccompanied minor travel with all necessary medications for food allergies (including epinephrine auto-injectors) and be capable of self-administering these medications.

Read more:

My initial post about the policy (8/3/14)

General post about food allergies and travel (8/20/14)

Press release about the suit against Amtrak (10/16/14)

5 thoughts on “Amtrak Quietly Changes Their Unaccompanied Minor Policy

    1. Mary is such a gem, so appreciative of her hard work and I will keep the updates coming. So privileged to have gotten to know her because of this issue!

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    1. I think it will continue for sure, I find it interesting that when I contacted them about the policy for my first post they wouldn’t respond on point – if it takes litigation to get their attention then that is the first step but certainly not the last!

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