Airline Has Just Banned Peanuts On All Of Their Flights


EasyJet has officially announced that it will be banning all sales of peanuts on their flights. The British-based budget airline has also asked that their passengers not consume any kind of snacks that contain nuts on-board in order to protect other passengers who might have an allergy to peanuts or those other products.

Other familiar airlines such as Qantas, Southwest Airlines, Lufthansa, and British Airways have also removed peanuts as snacks from their flights. Despite the ban on peanut sales, the airlines cannot promise a completely nut-free environment due to cross-contamination.


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Peanuts on Southwest Airlines / eatbma.blogspot

Because the airlines cannot guarantee an entirely nut-free environment on their flights, passengers will need to indicate their peanut allergy when booking the flight and when they’re at the airport. EasyJet has a specific option for passengers to fill this request.

A spokesperson for EasyJet said in a statement, “The safety and welfare of all of our customers and crew is our highest priority so we have a number of procedures in place to assist customers traveling with a nut allergy. We ask that any customers with a nut allergy notify us ahead of travel and we will request that other passengers traveling on the flight do not consume any products containing nuts that they have brought with them onboard.”


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Serving food on an airplane / Corbis
“We have also stopped the sale of peanuts onboard and will be removing the last product from our inflight range which contains nuts in the coming months,” the spokesperson continued. “When a passenger who suffers from a severe nut allergy, which can result in anaphylaxis, is traveling with us we will request that other passengers traveling on the flight do not consume nuts that they have brought with them onboard.”
A 2017 study published in the World Allergy Organization Journal stated that around 2.2% of onboard medical emergencies were caused by allergic reactions.
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People flying in an airplane / Pexels

Despite airlines hopping on-board to ban peanut sales from their flights, not everyone has agreed with the decision. Southwest Airline’s decision earned some pushback from the National Peanut Board.

It is an unnecessary step that will disappoint many of Southwest’s customers. It is also out of sync with the latest science, which shows education and preparation — such as allowing passengers to pre-board flights to wipe down their seats — do the most to benefit the one percent of Americans with a peanut allergy.” Yikes!
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EasyJet aircraft / Courtesy of EasyJet

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