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Southwest Airlines Will Stop Serving Peanuts Over Allergy Concerns

July 10, 2018 - 12:21 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Southwest Airlines will stop serving peanuts on flights next month, ending a tradition that goes back decades.

The airline has announced it is pulling peanuts from all flights to "help ensure a safe cabin for customers with allergies." 

The following statement was released by the Southwest Airlines media team:

“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. 

We hope that our free pretzels (and our wonderful portfolio of free snacks on longer flights) served along with our legendary Southwest Hospitality will please customers who might be nostalgic or sad to see peanuts go. Our ultimate goal is to create an environment where all customers — including those with peanut-related allergies — feel safe and welcome on every Southwest flight.”

In a tweet responding to questions, a Southwest representative clarified that pretzels will replace peanuts at least through the end of the year, at which time the company will evaluate results of "snack tests" to determine whether another alternative snack is needed. 

Response to the big change has been largely postive on social media, with many tweeting their thanks to Southwest.

The company in the past has used peanuts to emphasize its discount "peanuts fares."