Peanuts could be sent packing from planes

Peanuts could be sent packing from planes

A proposed Department of Transportation rule change that could be finalized this fall would limit or ban peanuts on planes to make flying safer for passengers who are allergic to them.

"It's part of the overall effort to improve protections for airline passengers and make sure they're treated fairly," says DOT spokesman Bill Mosley.

Already, some airlines have stopped serving the nuts, which can trigger severe, even life-threatening reactions in some people.


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It would be wonderful if this works because there was a ban before and the peanut lobby had it reversed. I have such a hard time when I travel because of my peanut allergy and this would make flying much safer for me and others with life threatening peanut allergies. The air just circulates the peanut particles and it's just too severe an allergy, nothing like your basic pollen allergy. Thanks DOT for bringing this back up!

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