Food Allergies: Which Airlines Allow Peanuts?


Peanuts have been a staple on airlines for generations. But with growing acknowledgement of people with dangerous peanut allergies many airlines are banning them from their flights.

However, according to CNN, there is actually a law in place that bars the Department of Transportation from an outright ban on peanuts on airplanes:

"The Department is prohibited by law from restricting the serving of peanuts aboard aircraft unless a peer-reviewed study determines that serving of peanuts causes severe reactions among airline passengers. There has been no such peer-reviewed study, so we declined to take action at this time," it said in a statement.

Here is a partial list of major airlines and their peanut policies:

United Airlines:
No peanuts or peanut oils in its food, but other manufactured by outside vendors could contain peanuts.

American Airlines:
It does not serve peanuts, but it does serve other nut products, and there could be trace elements of nuts in other snacks.

Virgin Atlantic:
Nuts are served on all Virgin flights.

Delta Airlines:
Flights are not peanut-free. However, its web site says:
When you notify us that you have a peanut allergy, we'll create a buffer zone of three rows in front of and three rows behind your seat. We'll also advise cabin service to board additional non-peanut snacks, which will allow our flight attendants to serve these snack items to everyone within this area.

Continental Airlines:
It does not serve peanuts, but some foods could contain trace amounts of nuts.

Alaska Airlines:
Its site writes: We are unable to guarantee a peanut or allergen-free flight.

Does not serve peanuts.

US Airways
No peanuts.

Does not serve peanuts. However, other nuts may be served.

Southwest Airlines:
It does serve peanuts, however:
We have procedures in place to assist our Customers with severe allergies to peanut dust and will make every attempt not to serve packaged peanuts on the aircraft when our Customers alert us of their allergy to peanut dust.


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