Could Peanuts Be Banned From Airlines?

Elizabeth Goldenberg, a Canadian lawyer and the parent of a child with food allergies, has proposed a ban of peanuts on airlines as an urgent call to action and it has made some pretty impressive leeway. After only two weeks, the petition has 770 signatures, and people affected by food allergy and anaphylaxis are signing and sharing the petition worldwide.

Just last month, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) released this notice stating that it is considering rules to provide greater access to air travel for people with peanut allergies. Although DOT won’t be able to put any final rules in place until 90 days after submission to the Congress, DOT continues to solicit public comments about peanuts on airplanes, and the Department will consider them and decide whether or not to propose a further review.

In Elizabeth Goldenberg’s article, she argues that it will actually make business sense to ban peanuts from airlines. Due to her calculations, there are 4,587,905 individuals in the U.S. that are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. If you are to consider not only the allergic passengers, but also their travel companions, the numbers affected by nut allergy grow to 18,351,620 or almost 6% of the population. Shockingly, only 1,035 people in total have submitted comments for or against the proposed rules to date.

The signature goal for the petition is 10,000 signatures, and given the size of the food allergic community, this goal should be met without difficulty. For parents who are in support of the ban of peanuts from airlines, click here to complete the 3 second signature process.

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