Just grab the Belvita biscuits instead, legume lovers. Starting later this summer, you won’t be able to get peanuts on Southwest Airlines flights, according to reports.
CNBC reported Monday that the Dallas-based airline will stop serving peanuts on its planes beginning Aug. 1, citing a statement from Southwest. The reason: "to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, especially for customers with peanut-related allergies," the statement excerpted by CNBC reads.
Southwest says it served more than 106 million peanuts last year. According to USA Today, the airline has historically leaned hard on the peanut-airline connection so prevalent in pop culture.
"Among its efforts, the low-cost carrier has suggested those booking its cheapest fares were essentially flying for peanuts.
"Underscoring the connection, Southwest’s corporate blog once went by the name ‘Nuts about Southwest.’ Even a 1998 book about the company was titled, ‘Nuts!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.’
USA Today reports that pretzels will be offered in lieu of peanuts, with other complimentary snacks available on longer flights.
The FDA lists peanuts as one of the most common allergenic foods, along with others including milk, eggs and fish.
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