Your Legally Protected Right To Enjoy Airplane Peanuts


Though the Department of Transportation said it would consider whether peanuts should be banned from airplanes, it recently discovered that it isn’t allowed to issue peanut restrictions thanks to a 12-year-old law. It said in a statement:

“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.”

Some airlines have voluntarily stopped serving peanuts or created nut-free areas on flights, but Delta, American and several other airlines tell passengers they can’t guarantee a peanut-free flight.

Image via Nikola Bilic/Shutterstock.

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