Bowing to allergy concerns, Southwest Airlines has announced that it will stop serving peanuts on its flights.
The move was a long time coming for the low-cost airline that built its successful short-flight model around free peanuts and “peanut fares.”
“Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest’s history and DNA,” the airline said in a statement. “However, to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, including customers with peanut-related allergies, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue serving peanuts on all flights beginning August 1.”
As of that date, free pretzels will be available to passengers, along with other snacks on longer flights.
According to the TravelSort website, airlines’ policies on nuts are a mixed bag. Some carriers, like United and American, do not serve prepackaged nuts but can’t guarantee an environment free of nut contamination. Many international carriers still serve nuts.
Passengers with nut allergies are advised to alert their airline days or weeks in advance of boarding. Some will ban nuts from your flight; others will try to create a nut-free seating zone.
Passengers, say buh-bye to Southwest Airlines’ iconic snack