Skip to comments.Peanuts on Northwest Airlines prompt protests.. War on Peanuts!
Posted on 02/16/2009 10:33:29 AM PST by TaraP
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The return of peanuts to the snack menu at Northwest Airlines this month has prompted a spasm of protests from travelers with allergies.. The change comes four months after Northwest merged with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and in the midst of a national salmonella outbreak involving Peanut Corporation of America. Georgia, where the company has a plant, is the top peanut-producing state in the country. Northwest began handing out the goobers as snacks on February 1, as Delta has been doing for years. In Minneapolis, where Northwest is based, news of the change has resulted in a flood of responses on the Web site of the Star Tribune, a local newspaper. "This is a very disappointing development," wrote one man who responded to the story. "My wife's allergy is so severe that if someone is sitting next to her and eating peanuts, the odor is enough to trigger an allergic reaction." "Northwest is really out of touch with its customers and the reality of allergies to peanuts," wrote another reader. "What's wrong with pretzels?"
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To those that are allergic to peanuts...don’t eat them.
Now that we’ve covered this clearly...shut the hell up.
Thanks in advance,
I prefer smoked almonds.
I’ve had people tell me they will DIE if they have the dust from someone who just ate peanuts, sit next to them.
Is it really that deadly? I mean I know allergies can cause shock and make you die, but seriously, that little bit?
“My wife’s allergy is so severe that if someone is sitting next to her and eating peanuts, the odor is enough to trigger an allergic reaction.”
I love peanuts. Am I supposed to stop eating them in public because some hypersensitive creature is allergic to the odor?!?
Speaking of which...
What about the person who took a bath in Midnight Velvet toilet water?
Cologne can trigger allergies as well...
Will the madness ever stop???
> “My wife’s allergy is so severe that if someone is sitting next to her and eating peanuts, the odor is enough to trigger an allergic reaction.” “Northwest is really out of touch with its customers and the reality of allergies to peanuts,”
I’m allergic to this man’s stupidity.
Well dude if your wife is that allergic she shouldn’t be flying commercial, since people often bring their own snacks. You want that stopped too?
Thank you. My thoughts exactly.
UNREAL. I wonder where all these fragile people who were allergic to peanuts came from? They certainly weren’t around when I was in school. In fact, I never heard of peanut allergy before, say, 1994.
“What’s wrong with pretzels?”
Pretzels cause plaque buildup and provide nothing but empty calories. Peanuts, on the other hand, will do away with loathsome little hothouse flowers that can’t stand the sun or eat bacon.
Congress and their three “republicans” need to pass a law...
We are 3.5% of the population whereas you peanut allergy folks are far less than 1.0%.
So, if the airlines are going to ban OUR FOOD they must necessarily ban wheat and wheat byproducts.
(NOTE: Peanuts are a good source of protein and carbohydrates for Celiac victims.)
We worked at a prison and we used to provide the wards bags of peanuts during special movie nights as incentives, circa 1974. We had the warehouse deliver a case of peanuts to his office when we got back. We kept our jobs and actually got along with the guy. Seeing someone in shock like that is serious and I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone.
They used to die early.
I’m visting the USA, and notice many bulletins, and on food preparations, SAYS THIS WAS PREPARED IN KITCHENS WHERE THERE ARE NO NUTS. In all honesty, do they think they know WHY all of these peanut allergies all of a sudden are showing up..It does seem to be common, what gives?
If you can’t live in the real world. Stay home.
A peanut handicap makes you unfit for living in society
The other day I saw the daughter with her friends sharing a box of Girl Scout peanut butter cookies. There was no shock. I was surprised but stayed around for about an hour to make certain there would be no reaction.
Then I realized, her mother is about 40 years old which means the mother was born around 1969 and would have been between 8 and 12 during the Carter years when peanut butter was a staple in many if not most struggling households. I was in my late 20s and early 30s and ate a ton of peanut butters which was plentiful and relatively inexpensive as Carter drove our economy into ruin.
Flame away all you people who think that the percentage of people with life-threatening peanut allergies has quintupled since 1991. And I can save you a lot of time. You can also flame me for noting that there is no scientific evidence that vaccines cause Autism while you are at it.
Not knocking anyone who has a food allergy..
But IMHO Many people today have a Allergy to Sanity.
Thanks for the ping!
Peanuts are not nuts. They are legumes. “Peas” People allergic to peanuts are the nuts.
>>The other day I saw the daughter with her friends sharing a box of Girl Scout peanut butter cookies. There was no shock<<
There is a small percentage of the human race that will in fact enter shock and die if they ingest peanuts, or its derivitives. Had a kid at Miami University (Ohio) a few years ago die when he ordered chinese take out.
He asked if there were peanuts in any of the food, and was told no.
They forgot to tell him they were using peanut oil in the fryers. Kid died within an hour of eating.
The bottom line is if you are one of these 1% types, its up to YOU to avoid them. JMHO.
” but this tragic event is very rare, affecting approximately one per 830,000 children with food allergy every year. The prevalence of peanut allergy is about 1percent “
Must be ‘new math’....
I don’t see how the author derives that 1% number fro 1 in 830,000......
Second hand peanuts killing children, second hand smoke killing children, what's next?
To those that are allergic to peanuts...dont eat them.
Now that weve covered this clearly...shut the hell up.
Thanks in advance,
You don’t need to eat them to be effected in a closed environment with your air going everywhere you can give a person next to you or several rows back an anaphylactic reaction... but hey at least you got peanuts right..
Wouldn’t 1% be something like 3 million? Weird.
Peanuts are nasty and yes for many who have it the allergy becomes sever enough to kill with only a miner exposure to the dust (the dust is actually the protein people are allergic to).
If thats the case, buy a bubble to live in, and don’t fly.
no you’re supposed to not eat them in a closed air environment where others can get sick... Didnt your mother teach you any manners and consideration or is sticking it to other people just too much damn fun?
The number of people with allergies is on the rise especially peanuts. Nobody knows quite why but you cant fake a peanut allergy..
yes but you Celiac disease is not affected if the person next to you eats them...
Whats next? Little green crackers
I pray no kid in your life is ever subject to an allergy that would lead you to lock them in the house because they are unfit for society..
“One of the most commonly held beliefs is that the odor from peanut products, such as peanut butter, can result in an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis, said Dr. Michael C. Young, M.D., assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, allergy and clinical immunology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Young is also the peanut allergy expert, helped to develop the first guidelines for schools in managing food allergies as a member of the Massachusetts Dept. of Education Task Force on Anaphylaxis, and authored The Peanut Allergy Answer Book. In an article [available here] for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, he said: It is important to examine the scientific basis of these ideas before accepting them as fact.
As he explained about the popular myth that the odor from peanut products could bring on a severe allergic reaction:
There are, in fact, a number of case reports in the medical literature of patients who report symptoms of difficulty breathing, chest tightness, skin rashes, itching, and various other symptomsall from smelling peanut butter or being in the presence of peanut products. However, a recent blinded, placebo-controlled trial of children exposed to open peanut butter was unable to document any reactions.
Based on these reports of allergic reactions resulting from inhalation, many parents express concern that the mere presence of any peanut product can contaminate the surrounding airborne environment resulting in an entire room or area being unsafe for a child with peanut allergy. In evaluating these reactions from airborne exposure, it is important to remember several facts. First, allergic reactions to food are triggered by specific food proteins. Without contact with protein, there is no allergic reaction.
The study Dr. Young referenced was conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. They took thirty young children with documented severe peanut-specific allergies (using IgE antibody testing and clinical anaphylaxis, contact reactions or positive reactions on double-blind, placebo-controlled oral challenges). These children underwent double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized exposures to peanut butter through skin contact and inhalation. Neither the children or researchers knew which exposure contained the peanuts or placebo (scent was masked with soy butter, tuna and mint) and contact exposure used soy butter with histamine. There were no serious reactions. They concluded that casual exposure to peanut butter is unlikely to elicit significant allergic reactions, even in at least 90% of highly sensitive children with peanut allergy.
Dr. Youngs article goes on to explain how food particles containing proteins can become airborne, such as during the peanut shelling process which can create a cloud of peanut particles, or releasing particles under pressure in an enclosed space; or high heat processing of peanuts; all of which can affect food industry workers. So, while there are case reports of severe asthma from airborne exposure to food in these extreme situations, the typical inhalation reaction would be similar to that suffered by a cat-allergic person exposed to a cat walking into a room: itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny nose. As he said, the chance of a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction from airborne exposure is very small.
It may be sad, but it is true.
How about mentioning the primary issue - air recirc systems - smoking was banned because it’s cheaper to make everyone on the aircraft breath bad air?
They are germ-soup incubators on a red-eye because of this. Venting fresh air costs more, I guess. Hm.
yea and last month I faked a trip to the ER and drugs for my kid because she got a hold of some PB... We nutty anti peanut people are devious indeed..
For the most part I agree with you but Airplanes are a special deal because of the closed environment.
Yes it is serious and deadly.
Don’t you think its unreasonable of people suffering from a rare disease to make reasonable accommodations to the world and not make the world meet their needs?
Of course this is a parallel to the americans with disabilities act which is frequently used to bankrupt small companies because 1 customer decided he was discriminated against. I know one blind guy who goes around looking for people he can sue.
Southwest Airlines has been serving peanuts as snacks for most if not all its 35+ years of operation. Last year they flew over 104 million passengers and not one died from peanuts or second hand peanut odors that I know of. Given the lawsuit happy legal profession, I’m sure that Southwest would have banned peanuts a long time ago if they were bad.
it takes a special kind of person to 5h17 on other people for a bag of peanuts..
See #40 too - the “peanut allergens spreading through air” nonsense is exactly that - junk science and nonsense.
I love peanuts. Out of the shell, out of the can, peanut butter straight out of the jar.
I'd be real *issed if they started banning them.
There has to be some scientific reason for this upsurge in peanut allergies.