Airline Peanut Ban?

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

A newly proposed policy restricts the use of peanuts on commercial airplanes, which could cause major problems for the peanut industry.

The policy would give commercial airplanes options to restrict peanuts
Ranging from a complete ban of peanuts on flights to peanut-free buffer zones for passengers with allergies.

Officials say this peanut-policy will hurt farmers and kill jobs.

Scientific research shows this concern is unwarranted.

"They use peanuts as a poster child for allergies, when you have fish, shellfish, pecans, egg, and milk. More people are allergic to those then they are peanuts,” says Randy Griggs, Executive Director, Alabama Peanut Producers.

A similar policy was offered in 1998, but was ultimately abandoned

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