A large and quickly rising number of people have severe food allergies to peanuts, including myself. On places such as an airplane, this can present a significant risk to them due to the close proximity and limited air circulation. In light of this, should airlines ban or at least discourage peanuts on their planes?
The most well thought out opinions will get MHO, even if I don't agree with them.
Personally I think not. I'm extremely allergic to peanuts and I always carry and epipen. To me, it's my issue so other people don't need to fix it for me. If you are allergic to something and don't have an epipen, it's simply irresponsible.
It's similar to having asthma and someone smoking around you or you're in a smoggy city and you don't carry an inhaler. Yes, the city probably shouldn't be so smoggy and the person probably shouldn't be smoking but ultimately, taking care of your health is your responsibility.
But, I do believe that people should be nice to others, and not smoke in someone's face or munch on peanuts near someone that is super allergic. There should be a good balance :)
One thing i'm curious about, why does it seems these kinds of allergies are so common these days? When i was a kid (not that long ago) there were maybe 3-5 kids out of a thousand in my whole school that were affected.
As for your question, they should be banned just like smoking was banned. Honestly, nobody is going to die from not eating peanuts for 8 hours but people can and do die from nut allergy. Even if it's only 2 or 3 people a year that die from it on aircraft - it's worth it for something that is so easily achieved.
You'll always get the morons that will bring them aboard however, so i'm not sure how you'll go about enforcing a ban, people still sneak cigarettes into the toilets, and peanuts are much easier to conceal at the seat.
No, and I am allergic to peanuts myself as well. I say no because it's not up to others to be mindful of my allergies, it's up to me. I'm not going to stop the other 200 people on the flight from enjoying a peanut snack, because it's not fair to them. It's my responsibility to make sure that I'm prepared for the flight with all my medication in my carry on bag, including a couple of Epi-Pens. I've never had an incident while flying, thankfully.
A number of people are allergic to shrimp (like myself) and they are still served on planes. (My airways contract tightly and I stop breathing). Some people are allergic to certain types of fruit (tomatoes for me) and they are still served on planes. (My tongue swells up) Just don't eat it and always carry your medication. If you get an allergic reaction from airborne smells, then yes it should be a concern. Maybe have a special place or filters for passengers with those kinds of allergies? Because it is very fatal. It won't be fair to the majority of passengers who enjoy peanuts as a snack on the plane if you ban them all together, but there should be precautions with people with food allergies. You have an epi-pen right?
Funny you ask this, I was traveling last month and bought a bag of peanuts for the flight. I actually thought to ask the people next to me if they were allergic, and joked that "I feel like you need to ask that nowadays." But I was thinking that, like what if the next passenger is allergic, and I just ate peanuts, and then went and touched the seatbelt buckle. I mean, I guess it's up to the allergic person to take precaution, we can't just cancel everything that only some people are allergic to, but at the same time, it does seem like a dicey place to just offer peanuts as a standard snack when there seems to be so many more people with the allergy these days.
i think they should discourage it at the least if they do nothing else but at the most if they can have a snack that does not have any health issues like peanuts do like fruit or something sweet like a candy bar.
An interesting question. I guess my first thought would be: Of the millions of miles passengers in planes have traveled with peanuts, how many fatal peanut "attacks" have there been? How many non-fatal incidents have there been?
No way man. I think you if your allergic is so sever the plane you travel in has to be disinfected of peanuts you just can't fly commercial flights. People have all sorts of severe alergies we can't cleanse all public spaces of all of them.
Interesting enough, plenty of people have serious allergies from dog hair/fur. No ones gonna' be banning dogs from planes anytime soon. In fact here's something that happend' recently.
I'm not a fan of peanuts. I'm not allergic, but they're just bland and boring.
Besides the allergies, they're messy, they're too salty (you're already dehydrated enough in the pressurized air cabin, no need to make it worse with the salt), they're easy to choke on, etc.
Maybe serve popcorn? It's cheap and the allergy risk is a lot lower (no nuts, no gluten, although corn allergies are still a concern). It doesn't have to be salty. Of course choking is still an issue, but it's a much softer food and less risky than a hard peanut. It's also still a relatively messy food. But overall it might be a better option than peanuts given the widespread incidence of peanut allergies.
No I love peanuts. I miss having them on the plane. I always look forward to those mini in flight snack but they seem to be getting worse. We should be looking into what causes allergies and curing people not removing something many people enjoy.