Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines has announced plans to ban peanuts from their in-flight service.
As of August 1, the budget airline will no longer serve courtesy bags of peanuts which had long been the standard in-flight snack, reported CBS Dallas/Fort Worth channel.
The move makes it one of the last major airlines to move away from peanuts. American Airlines and United Airlines, for instance, stopped stocking their trolleys with the snack amid concerns of peanut allergies.
“Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest’s history and DNA. However, to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, including customers with peanut-related allergies, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue serving peanuts on all flights beginning August 1,” the airline said in a statement sent to the local TV station.
In-flight food and drink offerings seem to spark passionate reactions among flyers.
Last month, United Airlines angered the internet when it announced plans to get rid of a popular in-flight snack, the stroopwafel — a Dutch waffle-like cookie — and replace it with a maple wafer cookie.
The backlash came just a few weeks after sending the internet into a tizzy when they also announced plans to stop serving tomato juice on board their flights.
The backlash was swift and furious, with many bemoaning the decision to remove tomato juice — and effectively Bloody Marys — from their in-flight experience.
So important is the in-flight tomato juice that some even called its availability the deal-breaker when booking flights.
The airline made an about-face and announced a day later that tomato juice would still be served.