Peanut Ban Airlines: Allergies and Fairness to others

By Alan Ng - Jun 13, 2010

It has been reported that federal regulators are considering stamping a ban on serving peanuts on all airlines in the U.S, over continued fears that the tasty snack bring to allergy sufferers.

As reported from Sun Herald, an estimated 1.8 million Americans suffer from peanut allergies in the U.S, with regulators keen to put an end to the unnecessary health risks that can occur thousands of miles in the air.

While this would be good news for those who do suffer from peanut allergies, it is obviously bad news for peanut farmers and food companies who claim that the move would be unfair to them and their businesses.

The Sun Herald adds that the U.S. Transportation Department are now seeking feedback from allergy sufferers, the food industry, medical experts and frequent flyers on whether the move would be welcome or not.

There are two sides to the argument of course. You could say that flyers could simply choose another snack to eat on board, rather than risk the health of others around them, or you could be thinking that it isn’t your responsibility to ensure the good health of those around you.

How would you feel if airlines were to open a separate cabin for allergy sufferers? It would seem like a fair way to ensure everyone is happy.

Do you agree or not? Give us your thoughts on this.

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