Good grief, Charlie Brown! The age-old question of peanuts or pretzels has been answered. Southwest Airlines just announced they would cease serving peanuts on their aircraft starting next month.
The Iconic Snack Will be Removed This August
The Texas-based airline will axe the favorite snack on all flights starting on August 1, 2018. In a statement Southwest added “to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, especially for customers with peanut-related allergies, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue serving peanuts on all flights" and that the airline's "ultimate goal is to create an environment where all customers - including those with peanut-related allergies - feel safe and welcome on every Southwest flight."
Allergy season is year round for those with peanut conditions. Reactions can range from rashes to throat closures and trouble breathing; ultimately leading to death in extreme cases. This move by Southwest has been on the horizon for a while as they've had to remove peanuts from numerous flights due to customer's requests. Having to offload boxes of peanuts and clean out drink carts cuts into the airline's turnaround time and can lead to delays in departures.
Southwest isn’t the only U.S. airline to go peanut free. American and United Airlines have ditched the legume across their flights, while Delta Air Lines won’t serve peanut products if a traveler informs them that they have the food allergy.
Don’t fret, Linus and Lucy, Southwest will still offer free snacks like pretzels, veggie or corn chips, and cookies depending on which flight you are on. While some will be bummed to see the free snack go, Southwest still offers up some of the best freebies from any U.S.-based airline.
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