In-Flight Peanut Debate Rears Its Head Again

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  06.18.10 | 2:56 PM ET

Yep, a possible airplane peanut ban is back on the table this week, and, much like the legume in question, opinions are split down the middle. Over at Salon’s “Ask the Pilot,” Patrick Smith thinks a switch to pretzels or another peanut-free snack should be a straightforward decision. Christopher Elliott isn’t so sure, noting the difficulties in enforcing a complete ban.


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


5 Comments for In-Flight Peanut Debate Rears Its Head Again

Jennifer 06.18.10 | 3:05 PM ET

Pretzels suck, they are tasteless and dry!  What about the poor people with wheat allergies?  COME ON!  Why don’t we ban everything - there’s always someone who could possible be allergic to just about anything.  We wouldn’t want to aggrevate anyone’s delicate tendancies now, would we!?!?

Eva Holland 06.18.10 | 3:13 PM ET

Jennifer - The peanut allergy is the only common food allergy I’m aware of that can kill its sufferers just by having particle remnants of the allergen in question floating in the air. I’m not convinced that a “slippery slope” type of argument really applies.

Nicole 06.20.10 | 10:32 AM ET

And if the plane has to make an emergency landing people might decide that a bag of pretzels isn’t so bad.  A peanut allergy isn’t quite as simple as just not eating them.

Grizzly Bear Mom 06.21.10 | 9:49 AM ET

Individuals severely allergic to peanuts can’t even be around them.  School even have peanut free lunch tables.  Its not as if the allergic can just walk off the plane.  I love peanuts and protein, but life is more important than my preferences. 

As for this writers comments “Spirit Airlines ain’t exactly Singapore or Qatar Airways. It ain’t even United,” Patrick Smith wrote on April 8. “A few weeks ago I found myself in South Florida, at the Spirit Airlines terminal. I have to ask, having been out of the domestic loop for some time: Is this the state of flying in the United States? I’d never experienced anything quite like it. It was like a humanity bomb went off. The lobby was elbow-to-elbow with the ugliest, loudest, most unbearable people I have ever seen—guys in gold chains screaming at each other; trashy women tottering around on silver high-heels clutching knockoff designer bags; teenagers sleeping on the floor; gigantic suitcases and baby carriages everywhere. The din of crying babies was unbearable…”  If you don’t care for the company, find another airline, or pay for first class.  World Hum, I do not care for this type snobbish type of writing. 

Spirit’s policy of making passengers pay MORE for carry ons makes perfect sense, considering that peole are now bringing food lockers into the cabin to avoid paying fees.

Best Travel 06.22.10 | 1:30 AM ET

t was like a humanity bomb went off. The lobby was elbow-to-elbow with the ugliest, loudest, most unbearable people I have ever seen—guys in gold chains screaming at each other; trashy women tottering around on silver high-heels clutching knockoff designer bags; teenagers sleeping on the floor; gigantic suitcases and baby carriages everywhere. We wouldn’t want to aggrevate anyone’s delicate tendancies now….....


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