RIP, peanuts: Southwest sacks signature snack

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.

Not all social media responses were so supportive, though.

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.

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.

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