The Proposed Ban Of Peanuts On Airlines Is Rejected
Back in July we reported that Elizabeth Goldenberg, a Canadian lawyer and mother to a child with food allergies, had proposed a ban of peanuts on airlines. The Department of Transportation then asked the public what they thought of the possible peanut ban presenting three options for debate:
- A complete ban on serving peanuts on planes.
- Aban on serving them when a passenger requests a peanut-free flight in advance.
- A requirement for peanut-free buffer zones around severely allergic passengers who make advance requests.
Turns out there is an actualy 12 year old law that prevents the agency from tampering with the peanut situation without more scientific evidence.
“The Department is prohibited by law from restricting the serving of peanuts aboard aircraft unless a peer-reviewed study determines that serving of peanuts causes severe reactions among airline passengers. There has been no such peer-reviewed study, so we declined to take action at this time,” it said in a statement.
Although they are unable to impose the peanut restricition, airlines can enforce their own policies for allergy sufferers and some have already done so. American Airlines, Delta and some others have noted that they can’t guarantee a peanut-free flight.