What next? Don’t the airlines have enough problems? Federal regulators are considering restrictions or an outright ban on peanuts on commercial airlines because some people have severe allergies to peanuts.
According to the Washington Post:
Advocates say the move would ease fears and potential harm to the estimated 1.8 million Americans who suffer from a peanut allergy. Peanut farmers and food packagers, however, say it would be overreaching and unfair to their legume.
“The peanut is such a great snack and such an American snack,” said Martin Kanan, chief executive of King Nut, an Ohio company that packages the peanuts served by most U.S. airlines. “What’s next? Is it banning peanuts in ballparks?”
We need to listen to the CEO of King Nut. Doesn’t this move sound rather ‘big brother?’ Surely people know if they are allergic to peanuts. People are allergic to dairy products and wheat products too. Do we ban all sandwiches and anything with milk in it, like cheese and real coffee creamer? How about perfumes and scented products like deodorant? Would travelers be forbidden to BTON? (Bring your own nuts)
Peanuts are a standard snack. People need to be responsible for their own dietary restrictions. If this kind of consumer ‘nannism’ continues, there will be nothing left to consume. So many different things have been proposed to ban that I am losing track: sugar, salt, trans fats, and now peanuts. If peanuts go on airlines, salt is sure to follow.
Some airlines have already banned peanuts. Where does a person even go to voice a complaint?