By the end of the month, US Airways will no longer serve peanuts on its flights because of the large number of people who suffer from peanut allergies. There’s even a section on their website addressing the issue.
Airlines aren’t the only entities responding to concerns about the legumes. Some parents are asking to have peanuts and peanut-containing products removed from their kids’ schools’ cafeterias because so many children suffer from life-threatening peanut allergies.
Of the allergenic foods, nuts, including tree nuts like almonds and walnuts, cause the greatest number of reactions. Millions of Americans are allergic to nuts, resulting in thousands of hospital visits and a couple of hundred deaths each year.
But because inhalation of and skin contact with peanuts don’t produce as dangerous a reaction as ingestion does, US Airways won’t restrict passengers from bringing their own nuts onboard. If you forget yours, don’t worry: They’ll still be serving pretzels.