Ah, nuts. Southwest Airlines announced it’s shelving its classic in-flight snack.
The Dallas-based airline will no longer serve peanuts, effective Aug. 1, out of consideration for passengers who have peanut allergies.
The announcement comes as a surprise to some; for decades, Southwest has famously served peanuts while boasting about its low ticket prices as “peanut fares.”
A small sampling of Twitter users expressed understanding for the decision, given the severity of some people’s peanut allergies.
Perfectly fine with me. I fly @SouthwestAir anytime I have a choice, and will continue. I like peanuts a lot, but losing the 16 I get on my flight will not be a big loss. I understand but allergies can be deadly- SO- I’ll eat my peanuts at home.
— Amanda Hill Sims (@AmandaSocwriter) July 10, 2018
I love peanuts, but I don’t mind giving them up if it keeps the guy next to me from, you know, dying. Seems fairly reasonable.
— K Gordhamer (@kgordhamer) July 10, 2018
Not all social media responses were so supportive, though.
No space, seats that lean back into your lap, rude passengers and now this… Southwest will stop serving peanuts. Sigh.https://t.co/GVOTQGMwxo
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) July 10, 2018
The idea of banning peanuts is a relatively new idea, with schools also discussing potentially banning the snack. You may be asking yourself, “Am I imagining things, or has the number of people diagnosed with peanut allergies increased?”
It’s not just your imagination.
According to a study from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, peanut allergies in children have increased 21 percent since 2010, and nearly 2.5 percent of U.S. children may have a peanut allergy.
A remarkable change…I give credit to many of the advocates who championed this including Lianne Mandelbaum!
Southwest Airlines will stop serving peanuts this summer, citing allergy worries https://t.co/tGonkfaGHf
— Dr. James R. Baker (@JRB_FARE) July 10, 2018
Allergy sufferers and their advocates seem happy.
As for the airline? The carrier promised that “Peanuts will forever be part of Southwest’s history and DNA,” but it has begun testing new snacks for the future.