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    So it has come to this.

    Peanuts on planes protected by law
    (CNN) -- Packets of peanuts are in no danger of disappearing completely from airplanes. In a nutshell, there's a law protecting them.

    Last year, the Department of Transportation asked the public about a possible peanut ban on planes and other measures it said it was considering to address severe allergies among fliers.

    It presented three options for debate: a complete ban on serving peanuts on planes, a ban on serving them when a passenger requests a peanut-free flight in advance, or a requirement for peanut-free buffer zones around severely allergic passengers who make advance requests.

    The agency also solicited public input on health risks and the idea of maintaining current practice.

    But when the new rules concerning issues from airline fees and bumping to tarmac delays were announced Wednesday, the department said it won't take on the peanut issue because of a 12-year-old law blocking the agency from tampering with peanut policy without more scientific study.

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    "The Department is prohibited by law from restricting the serving of peanuts aboard aircraft unless a peer-reviewed study determines that serving of peanuts causes severe reactions among airline passengers. There has been no such peer-reviewed study, so we declined to take action at this time," it said in a statement.

    It seems the agency was hoping the climate was right for change. It cited the law in the original proposal in June when it asked the public to weigh in, adding, "this specific congressional ban on our involvement in this issue has not appeared recently in any legislation" before outlining possible alternate peanut policies for airlines.

    The department said Wednesday that it wasn't proposing regulations but wanted to give the public an opportunity to comment on whether a peer-reviewed study should be conducted.

    Although the government can't impose peanut restrictions for airlines, some carriers have developed their own policies for allergy sufferers. Some no longer serve peanuts and may create peanut-free buffer zones. But Delta, American and other airlines note on their websites that they can't guarantee peanut-free flights.

    That lack of certainty had allergy sufferers and parents with children with peanut allergies weighing in enthusiastically in support of a national policy banning peanuts on planes.

    "My 6 year old has severe peanut and tree nut allergies and I am very fearful to put him on a plane," Donna Marie Noga wrote in a comment posted on regulations.gov, a site tracking federal rules, proposed rules and public comments.

    More than 2,100 comments were logged in response to all of the passenger protections presented, "the vast majority of which were related to the proposal to address peanut allergies in air travel," according to a Department of Transportation summary of comments.

    Most of the comments on peanuts were from consumers who favored a total ban, according to agency documents. Peanut trade groups were against a ban, as were some airlines and airline industry groups.

    But it seems the agency was out of bounds with its peanut planning.

    Less than three weeks after the department posted its policy considerations in June, it issued a clarification citing the 1999 law with the conclusion, "we will comply with this requirement."

    The final rule issued Wednesday echoes that sentiment. So, no relief for peanut allergy sufferers in this round of passenger protections.

    The final rule announced Wednesday is available at the regulations.gov website, docket DOT-OST-2010-0140.

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  • #2
    That's fine, I'll bring a jar of Planters on board then.
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    • #3
      How come we only starting hearing about these people with severe peanut allergies in the last few years? I don't remember ever seeing anyone puff up and stop breathing on a commercial flight when they were serving peanuts, never seen it all the ball game or circus... Maybe just a bunch of drama queens?
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      • #4
        Thank God!!! My dog and I thank you; errrrrr what I meant is- thank you.

        There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.


        • #5
          Peanut allergies are a relatively new occurance in their current rates. I did a little research on the subject because I was angered about all the new rules addressing the issue and this is what I found.

          Researchers from the University of Portsmouth (U.K.) have discovered the reason why food allergies have increased in recent years: hypochondria. It turns out that four out of five kids who believes he or she is allergic to a food, isn’t.
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          -Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
            Thank God!!! My dog and I thank you; errrrrr what I meant is- thank you.
            LMAO! Does your dog, I meant do you have any specific brand that you like? Creamy? Crunchy?


            • #7
              creamy, crunchy is dangerous to me err for me

              There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.


              • #8
                Im allergic to dumb things like this.

                Any chance I get a law giving me a buffer zone everywhere I go?
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                • #9
                  Last time I flew I had a bag of unshelled peanuts, just cracked and ate.....


                  • #10
                    "My 6 year old has severe peanut and tree nut allergies and I am very fearful to put him on a plane," Donna Marie Noga wrote in a comment posted on regulations.gov, a site tracking federal rules, proposed rules and public comments."

                    Dear Donna Marie......

                    PLEASE don't put your son on a plane unless you intend to accompany him to make sure he doesn't ask for peanuts when the flight attendant makes the trip down the isle. Thanks!

                    Last edited by Scott941; 04-21-2011, 04:40 PM.


                    • #11
                      Girl with peanut allergy dies after kissing her boyfriend, who had eaten something with peanut butter:
                      Wow, so the kiss of death really does exist.
                      Life is what you make of it


                      • #12
                        My 5 year old daughter has a lethal peanut allergy; I used to laugh it off, just like some of you are doing now, until she went into anaphylactic shock after eating a granola bar.

                        I can only hope that your lesson in human empathy comes at a lower price than mine did.


                        • #13
                          So from the last three post I have come to the conclusion that only girls get severe peanut alergies.

                          Hey I am all for making it safer for all people but will they stop serving Diet Coke on flights if someone is allergic to it. I do not want to see anyone die but is it possible for a person with the alergies to tell the person next to them so they do not eat peanuts around them.
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                          • #14
                            If you are allergic to peanuts, just don't eat them? Seems simple to me. I mean, I guess dust can hurt them, but planes keep the air moving pretty good. I've never researched it, but has anyone died from coming into contact with peanut "dust" floating in the air? Every example given above is direct exposure.

                            What's next, the person in the apartment next to me has an allergy, so I can't have peanuts?


                            • #15
                              Why do entire policies have to change and everyone has to suffer because of ONE person's allergies??

                              How about if you are THAT allergic to something you wear a mask and bring an epi-pen or two with you wherever you go??

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