Peanuts Served Again On Northwest Airlines

Not everyone is happy with the return of peanuts as snacks on Northwest Airlines, which is now doing business under the auspices of the Georgia-based, peanut-happy Delta Air Lines.

Nowhere is this concern expressed more forcefully, and with more insults, than on the message board attached to the Minneapolis Star Tribune story on the subject. Northwest, based in Minneapolis, had been one of many airlines that went peanut-free as concerns about allergies increased over the past 10 years.

I have preached in the past against pets in airline cabins, on the grounds that it’s unfair to people with allergies. (Which I don’t have.) And I got smacked around good for that. (No further smacking necessary, folks.)

I’m hoping that peanuts have fewer and less vigorous defenders because I’m going to suggest that if roughly one out of 100 Americans has a nut allergy (I don’t) we can probably find some other snack. I myself prefer a peanut to a pretzel, but neither is a staple of my diet.


6 thoughts on “Peanuts Served Again On Northwest Airlines

  1. Kate

    I say if pets (specifically CATS) are allowed on planes, then by all means, let the peanuts stay. I am horribly allergic to cats – and after getting stuck on a cross-country flight near a hairy cat, I was in full-blown allergic reaction (struggling to breathe) as a result of the cat by the time I got to California. Why not allow peanuts on the airplane if cats are allowed? I can’t eat wheat unless I want to end up at the hospital, which means I obviously can’t eat pretzels – but I can eat peanuts! The cats can go in the cargo hold with the other “excess” baggage.
    If we are going to take the stance of eliminating peanuts since they are on the top allergen list, then let’s eliminate ALL allergens from planes – wheat, nuts, soy, dairy, shellfish…and throw in pets on the “non-allowed” list. Then EVERYONE can breathe easy, and actually EAT during their flight too!

  2. Al

    When airlines serve bags of peanuts on flights, flight after flight, peanut fragments and dust eventually coat the seats and this makes it dangerous for people with peanut allergies to fly on that airline. Peanut allergy is the most common cause of food allergy induced death. The Delta/NWA policy is a very different situation from other airlines that may have an occasional flyer bring on a few peanuts to eat. An analogy would be if a person is severely allergic to say penicillin it’s not really a problem if the person in the airplane seat next to him takes a penicillin tablet, but if that airplane had penicillin dust all over the seats then you are looking at a life threatening situation. If you were the penicillin allergic person would you be safe flying on that airplane?

  3. Maryanne Leblanc

    Well, some of us (gluten-intolerant) persons can’t eat pretzels …. can’t please all of the people all of the time, I guess….

  4. Dan

    As a flight attendant with NWA I am glad we are finally serving passengers peanuts again. We did for years and it is nice to finally give passengers something complimentary on the flight. We cannot cater to every passengers needs, but when we are notified of allergies we always do our best to accomodate the passenger. We are there for the safety of everyone. There is always going to be someone who is eating nuts or a candy bar with nuts on a flight, even after we have made numerous announcements to curb peanut eating when we are alerted to a passenger with peanut allergies.

  5. emily

    Nothing pains me more as a parent of a great 6 year old little boy to see that adults are wanting to have maybe 5 minutes of joy eating a bag of peanuts on a flight that could take a lifetime of happiness away from me. My son has 10 minutes to receive his epi-pen or he can die. Yes, die! Not end up in a hospital from a reaction from cat fur, a dry pretzel, sinus pressure, or anything else that could happen on a flight…but death. I am glad that Dan the flight attendant finds such satisfaction in serving peanuts to his passengers, but thankful he isn’t a nurse. Accommodate your passengers? If you think so. Safety for everyone? Obviously not….
    Very interesting point… almost comical in how another viewpoint was to say to eliminate all things from flying on a plane. Raise your sword up high and state that this is the answer. Hmm, wrong. I am glad you find a child’s life funny. I do not… Grow up, get real, and stop sounding like you know what you are talking about.
    24 hours a day…7 days a week… I do my best to make my sons life enjoyable and not make him feel handicapped or denied by his rights to feel safe. I obviously wouldn’t feel safe flying with Northwest Airlines.
    Not that Northwest cares in losing a passenger, since all I have ever flown is Delta when allowed. Answers in response is to say I am overboard, should start driving, and so on. Until my son is old enough to know how to administer his epi-pen on his own and voice his opinion to people not educated on severe allergies than I will gladly do so and raise up my own sword for him. Proudly…


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