Do you support a peanut ban on planes?

If you enjoy munching on that complimentary bag of peanuts when you fly, you may not be for much longer. According to CNN, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering a ban of all peanut products served on planes. The prevalence and the potentially deadly consequences of severe peanut allergies have prompted the DOT to consider such a ban on flights covered by the agency’s disability rule.

The DOT is considering banning peanuts on commercial flights. Clipart.com

The DOT is considering banning peanuts on commercial flights. Clipart.com

Some carriers, including AirTran, already have a peanut ban in place. Other airlines will offer a “buffer zone” around a passenger with a peanut allergy, in which several rows of passengers around the allergic passenger will be peanut-free. The DOT is considering three different options for its peanut policy, ranging from a comprehensive ban to providing buffer zones to air passengers who request a peanut-free flight. You can read more about the options and give the DOT feedback at the Regulation Room.

Do you support banning peanuts on planes? If you brought a snack on a plane and were asked not to consume it due to another passenger’s food allergy, would you comply?

150 comments Add your comment

Ted Striker

June 3rd, 2010
1:06 pm

1) I’m opposed to a total ban.

2) If someone had a severe allergy, certainly I’d refrain from consuming nuts around them.

tom

June 3rd, 2010
1:07 pm

Hell yes, get rid of them. Free bags of peanuts are a joke and insult.

Dr. Rumack

June 3rd, 2010
1:08 pm

I agree with Ted. That’s why I always have the lasagna.

P F

June 3rd, 2010
1:20 pm

No nuts? Really? Like it would really be missed. There are what, 7 or 8 in a little bag? For the prices these days to fly and other nickle and dime charges they throw at us, we should be getting a bag the same size as they sell at Turner Field for FREE! As for those allergic, don’t buffer, isolate them like they use to do with smokers. Call it the “No Adro Zone”.

Go ahead - Flyer beware

June 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

Heck no. If someone is allergic then don’t fly. If they fly then they take the risk that someone will be eating peanuts. Should we ban them from restaurants too? We might as well outlaw ALL public food serving eateries for those few poor souls that need the gubbament to ‘do something’ about all those evil peanuts and those evil people that eat them.

If the airlines ban serving them then I will bring my own. If they try to take them from me they can eat crow while I sue them into oblivion. Stupid people, stupid country, going to he11 faster than you can say ‘It must be Bush’s fault’.

Christine

June 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

This is stupid! If you have a peanut allergy DON’T EAT THE PEANUTS! Don’t ban them!

Kendale

June 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

If it could mean even saving only one life, then I say ban the peanuts.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

June 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

Christine, you may not realize, but some allergies are severe enough that even coming into *contact* with peanuts can be life-threatening.

That said, I’ve never heard of anyone with a peanut allergy dying from peanut-contact on an airplane.

Lori

June 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

I have a peanut allergy, but I certainly wouldn’t force a ban, I just don’t eat them. However, there are people who are so allergic that they can die if they smell peanuts, or if they inhale tiny particles that blow around when you rip open the bag. Why should those people not be able to fly?? But anyone with that severe an allergy, they aren’t going to be able to eat any of the snacks onboard. Read the labels, even the little cookies they give out to people (like me when I ask, stating my allergy), the labels say “may contain traces of peanuts”!! Good thing my allergy isn’t that severe or they’d have killed me by now.

Caren

June 3rd, 2010
1:31 pm

Some people can become very sick from the smell of peanuts when they become airborne. Should we allow cigerettes too… if you think they will give you cancer DON’T SMOKE THE CIGERETTES!
Don’t ban them! Oh second hand smoke causes cancer too?

Carol Veach

June 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

I would have to support the ban since I was allergic to them at one time. It can be very serious for someone with a severe peanut allergy as they can die relatively quickly from an unexpected reaction. Carrying an Epipen doesn’t always help if you are incapacitated and there isn’t a medical person that can administer a dose. It seems like the airlines could have snacks other than the cheapest ones anyway!

luangtom

June 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

This is going a bit too far and too PC. If one is allergic to something, one knows. If you are going to eliminate peanuts in the name of safety, how about making it illegal for passengers to wear over-bearing perfumes and colognes? Some people have an allergic reaction to these smells as well.
When is it going to end?

FreqFlyer

June 3rd, 2010
1:38 pm

I’m allergic to small seats with no leg room. I’m also very, very allergic to cancelled or delayed flights, bag fees, lost luggage, and rude flight attendants. I’ll give up my peanuts if they’ll solve my “allergies”.

Dan

June 3rd, 2010
1:38 pm

In America, about 100 people per year die from peanut allergies. People eat peanuts and can leave traces on a plane enough to kill.

Mr T

June 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

If you are so alergic to peanuts that you will die by smelling them, you should be in a clean room and not flying anyway. Ever walked by a food court and died? The risk is simply overstated to pacify someone who doesn’t get enough attention at home. Ban the peanuts and I’m happy to bring my own. Big can and pass them around. Can I use the microwave on the aircraft and do my own popcorn?

Garth

June 3rd, 2010
1:44 pm

Plum ridiculous. I guess these folks don’t ever go to major league baseball games. They don’t peanuts there, and god, I hope they never will. This is just one more sign of the decline in air travel. This
country had a chance to be really great with train travel, but we threw that away like other good things. We’re a third world country with a
third world president.

BG

June 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

I’m allergic to a federal government that spends thousands of dollars on such non-sense.

MARTA rider

June 3rd, 2010
1:46 pm

Ever ridden a MARTA bus or train?

Mike

June 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

Most folks who have peanut allergies already know and won’t eat the peanuts. So, this is just more government nonsense from the people who have made being absurd their professional goal.

teri

June 3rd, 2010
1:54 pm

totally support a ban on nuts on the plane. if someone with a food allergy DOES have a reaction on the plane, it will be a lot more time consuming and frustrating for those passengers who do not have the allergy when the plane is forced to land at the nearest airport. save the peanut eating for the airport.

John

June 3rd, 2010
1:56 pm

That is ridiculous. We shouldn’t have to cater to people who have some imagined allergy to a food to the point they cant’t sit near them. The smell of alcoholic beverages makes me sick to the point I don’t like to be around them. Should we ban alcohol on flights? I also get sick just smelling the clothing of someone who has smoked a cigar. Should we force them to strip down and shower before boarding? If you can’t take sitting near peanuts, you should stay home.

teri

June 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

WOW! one more comment on the insensitive comments – ever have a loved one be in danger because someone had to eat a peanut? really? really? peanuts over a life??? and we are not asking that someone gives peanuts up forever – just the 2 HOURS THEY ARE ON THE PLANE!!!! WOW! Brutal!

GreatGal

June 3rd, 2010
2:07 pm

In my opinion, this is just another way to trim the budget. Next, it’ll be no water…

Nutter Butter

June 3rd, 2010
2:11 pm

Who are these people who die if they even smell peanuts? Are there actual proven cases of this?

Almond

June 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

Go ahead – Flyer beware…..you are an selfish idiot. I hope you choke on your peanuts.

Larry Jones

June 3rd, 2010
2:19 pm

I’d prefer a ban on fat people.

Darwin

June 3rd, 2010
2:20 pm

If smelling a peanut will kill you then nature is trying to tell you something.

Sally Says: "Safety First!"

June 3rd, 2010
2:21 pm

Is “peanut” a new code word for a certain group who doesn’t know how to use their “inside voices” on a plane, talk loudly while the movie is playing in theaters, collectively blame their own mistakes on others and back into parking spaces at the airport very poorly?

If so, my husband and I are wholeheartedly in support of the ban.

I sure could go for some “peanut” butter right about now.

Angela

June 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

what ever happened to natural selection?

terry

June 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

You idiots are the most insensitive people in the country. Only the southeast would have people that don’t recognize that peanut allergies are actually fatal for small children. Kids with peanut allergies can actually die without eating any of them. If peanut oil residue was rubbed on a seat or on a magazine that they picked up, that could be fatal. It is a no-brainer to ban peanuts on airplanes and most public school systems (outside of the southeast) already have banned peanuts in their cafeterias. And Angela, I’m sure if this was YOUR CHILD with the allergy, you wouldn’t be such a dumba$! about this issue.

dwayne

June 3rd, 2010
2:33 pm

let it roll!!! I love the free peanuts

king of mean

June 3rd, 2010
2:34 pm

but, what about the children??!!

Kat

June 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

I would suggest that the airlines offer a non-peanut tainted snack instead of the peanuts. Give out pretzels to everyone instead of peanuts! Then, when the gluten-free people complain…

andrew74

June 3rd, 2010
2:39 pm

You’re right. This is typical Atlanta. Selfish people and totally unaware of important issues that the rest of the country has educated themselves about. Amazing that some adults actually aren’t aware that peanut allergies kill children (frequently). Unfortunately, one day something will happen to someone you love and then you’ll understand. Until then, stay in the dark Atlanta.

Usmc Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
2:39 pm

RIDICULOUS!
This is another example of the “Liberal Narcissism” in our country.
It is tearing away at the “fabric” of our great nation.
People, get over yourselves!

BobDog

June 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

I’m tired of reading all of the news stories about people dieing left and right from other airplane passengers eating peanuts. Wait. I have never read about someone dieing because another passenger ate peanuts.

In fact, when is the last time that there has been a report of ANYONE, ANYWHERE dieing from a peanut allergy????

Ban milk products. Ban wheat products. People have allergies to those, too.

ndnbear

June 3rd, 2010
2:41 pm

It is a servere allergy and being that the bags are almost meaningless, stop giving them out. I usually bring my own snacks anyway – and that is were there will be a regulation problem. Of course, I am sure the airlines will ban all customer food and require purchase of any snacks so they can make another buck. Can we add a section for people who wear too much perfume!?!

andrew74

June 3rd, 2010
2:44 pm

Dear BobDog- My child has a peanut allergy. When he comes into contact with peanuts, his throat continues to swell and he gets hives on his face and neck and his throat would swell completely shut and he would die unless I gave him an Epipen injection. Do some research on this issue. You’re clearly uneducated about this.

peter19

June 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

Why is AJC banning comments from people who support the ban? I’ve had several posts removed and several that were never posted. Moderator- Stop your BS.

peter19

June 3rd, 2010
2:48 pm

BobDog- Kids die everyday from peanut allergies. You’re just uneducated about this issue. My son has this allergy and I have to take an Epipen everywhere we go. When he comes into contact with peanuts, his throat swells and he would eventually not be able to breath unless I gave him the Epipen injection. Additionally, the Epipen injections do permanent damage to his heart EVERY single time he receives it. You and the other people on this thread need to do research before spewing your stupidity.

Horsetoothedjackass

June 3rd, 2010
2:49 pm

A completely unenforceable ban. What are they going to do, put peanuts on the list of prohibited items you cannot carry on and have the geniuses at the TSA try to enforce it? If they’re going to ban peanuts from flights, they better make sure that you can’t buy any from the shops at the airport so that folks won’t try to sneak them on a flight.

Chuck Allison

June 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

People allergic to peanuts and intelligent enough to buy an airline ticket should know not to eat them. So serve them as usual.

Or people allergic to peanuts can just ride AMTRAK.

peter19

June 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

Delta in the past has avoided serving peanuts to anyone on our row, the row ahead of us, and the row behind us. We have to call them in advance and request that this take place and they have always complied. Almost always, people complain to the stewardess and she has to explain to them what is going on. Its a little embarrasing for my son because he knows that he is “causing” an inconvenience for other people and he feels bad about it. Sometimes people make retarded comments similar to some of the stuff I’ve read on here along the lines of “Well he shouldn’t be flying on the plane….”

H. Billy

June 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

I shore do like me some goobers. I hope tha guvmint don’t jest outlaw ‘em all together, we’ll have ta grow ‘em in secret patches in the national forest.

peter19

June 3rd, 2010
2:58 pm

Chuck- Obviously you didn’t read the earlier posts or else you’d know that kids can die without actually EATING the peanuts. Coming into contact with peanut shells or peanut oil residue can also be fatal. Again- Do 5 minutes of research before showing the rest of the world how ignorant Atlanta is.

H. Billy

June 3rd, 2010
2:58 pm

Why yes, I did used ta write menus for Po’ Folks, how come you to ask?

John Stossel

June 3rd, 2010
2:59 pm

Give me a break.
What airlines need is a management group that can run the business properly.
No meals on the plane, no blankets on the plane, no pillows on the plane, take away your leg room charge you for your luggage checked, charge you for your luggage carried on board, see if the flight attendants can get any pushier————- and now no peanuts———– the whole thing amounts to peanuts.
why not take a different approach
Treat your customer like you want to have them.
Fly on time
Maintain your planes.
if the flight is not profitable stop it.
if the flight is profitable promote it.
Treat your personel well so they want to treat your customers well
It is not that hard.

Arby

June 3rd, 2010
3:00 pm

What the heck is going on? Should the government also ban individuals from carrying on packs of cheese crackers with peanut butter? How about peanut coated Payday candy bars. Have the left-wing butt-heads that ooze empathy from every pore taken over everything? And (@Kendale above)…wouldn’t it save just one life to ban air travel so that no plane would ever crash? What about the people that have gluten, chocolate, milk, allergies. Do we think that some food might accidently fly in their mouths during flight? GET A GRIP! Why am I responsible for making other people not eat something? It is time for a revolution against stupidity!

Larry Jones

June 3rd, 2010
3:02 pm

Ban children with peanut allergies.

peter19

June 3rd, 2010
3:03 pm

Arby- Again, thanks for showing everyone how stupid people in Atlanta are. Kids can die WITHOUT EATING the peanuts. Your peanuts could kill another child without them eating them. Also, the other allergies you mentioned aren’t even in the same ballpark as peanuts in terms of fatality odds and the level of protection that must be taken.