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Peanuts on Northwest Airlines prompt protests.. War on Peanuts!
CNN ^ | Feb 16th, 2009

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airlines; foodpolice; nwa; peanuts
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To: DieHard the Hunter

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.


My thoughts precisely.

“It’s FUN to be a public victim!”

(And those who are truly allergic should bring a few bags of pretzels, and offer them to their neighbor when asking that the neighbor not eat peanuts.)

I prefer protein-rich peanuts to carb-laden pretzels, because they actually quell hunger pangs.


101 posted on 02/16/2009 11:58:15 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: N3WBI3

If I sat next to you on a plane and you could not deal with my cologne (and told me so) I would happily go to the rest room and wash off as much as I could and change my shirt.


I don’t believe you. Your claim is just plain weird.


102 posted on 02/16/2009 12:10:48 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Beelzebubba

> I prefer protein-rich peanuts to carb-laden pretzels, because they actually quell hunger pangs.

I’m with you on that. We get these *great* peanuts from (errr..) China: 150 grams resealable tin for NZ$1.00. Just the right size for a decent snack of peanuts. Dry-roasted, no salt.

One or two tins for a Rugby game, more if I feel like it. Two tins for a long aeroplane flite (which in New Zealand is three hours max).

And the tins are perfect for keeping stuff in, like nails and wall anchors and small parts and usable junk in the shed, like all blokes do. And they stack...

Since switching to these peanuts from my usual snacks (was celery sticks), I have lost a ton of weight. Well, maybe not a ton, but an extra 30 lbs in two months is nothing to sneeze at! Go figure!


103 posted on 02/16/2009 12:11:14 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: N3WBI3

> The number of people with allergies is on the rise especially peanuts. Nobody knows quite why but you cant fake a peanut allergy..

I’ve read elsewhere on this thread that your daughter has this allergy, true? Is it a form of anaphylaxis? Does it manifest itself when she injests peanut product, or is the scent sufficient to cause an episode?


104 posted on 02/16/2009 12:13:48 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: N3WBI3

Good day N3WBI3. I’ve been reading your comments, and it’s causing me to rethink. I’m still skeptical, but I also believe in courtesy, and if a parent thinks his daughter is going to be at risk because of something I am doing, I’d rather not do it, even if it isn’t actually dangerous (not saying it isn’t). It is just a bag of peanuts after all.


105 posted on 02/16/2009 12:13:49 PM PST by pleasenoobama (Liberals lied, small government died)
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To: pleasenoobama
I have never met a good conservative who claimed to have a kid with a peanut allergy.

You've met one now.

My son has it, bad. Seems to be on the increase due to the massive use of peanut oil in manufactured foods, starting in the 1970s.

It can be very deadly. He was almost medivac'd out of Baghdad when he was served some meat cooked in peanut oil (but Army food is the subject of an entire thread on its own...!)

106 posted on 02/16/2009 12:17:00 PM PST by frankenMonkey
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To: Beelzebubba

You don’t think someone might want the person next to them so not suffer on a flight? wow how sad...


107 posted on 02/16/2009 12:17:30 PM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: frankenMonkey

That makes two! Suggest you read my second comment in this thread.


108 posted on 02/16/2009 12:20:30 PM PST by pleasenoobama (Liberals lied, small government died)
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To: Travis T. OJustice; GUNGAGALUNGA
>>> There is no such thing as bad peanut butter or bad sex.

Unless you are incarcerated.

Or, and I loath to even bring it up: sex with Helen Thomas?

109 posted on 02/16/2009 12:24:02 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

I’d rather have sex with a jar of peanut butter if those were the only two options, and abstinence wasn’t an option.

/piss shivers.


110 posted on 02/16/2009 12:27:57 PM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: AFreeBird
Or, and I loath to even bring it up: sex with Helen Thomas?

Excuse me while I hurl

111 posted on 02/16/2009 12:29:04 PM PST by GUNGAGALUNGA
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To: N3WBI3

Now you’re just being a drama queen. Which fits.


112 posted on 02/16/2009 12:31:06 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: GUNGAGALUNGA

That’l teach to hurl rash assumptions. ;-/


113 posted on 02/16/2009 12:37:19 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: N3WBI3

Could it be the additives they add to the peanut butter I know as a kid our peanut butter we used to have to stir it to get the oil mixed again into the spread.Dont have that trouble today.


114 posted on 02/16/2009 12:37:38 PM PST by bikerman
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To: Beelzebubba

hey if you cant bring yourself to wash up if your cologne offended someone (or think its weird anyone else would) me being a ‘drama queen; is far from the worst personality trait this thread has seen..


115 posted on 02/16/2009 12:43:33 PM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I am older, and asked a retired school district “special ed” honcho (who is an old friend) if he saw autism as a NEW affliction, as I had never seen autistic children in my public schools growing up. He told me the condition existed then, but the children were not main-streamed. THAT factoid could be true for many conditions we hear about today. I myself have chemical allergies, and you would not believe the lengths to which I go to avoid chemicals, from household cleaners to perfumes/colognes.


116 posted on 02/16/2009 12:48:16 PM PST by SnarlinCubBear (Get Sarcasma - Comforting relief from the use of irony, mocking and conveying contempt)
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To: Uncle Ike

I think its tied in with the 500 million jobs we loose each month if we don’t pass porkulus. Pelosi’s estimates.


117 posted on 02/16/2009 12:51:01 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: Uncle Ike
The "tragic event" is death from peanut allergies. So death in children from peanut allergy is 1/830,000 of 1% of the population. Pretty close to statistically zero...
118 posted on 02/16/2009 12:53:34 PM PST by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwaet! Lar bith maest hord, sothlice!)
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To: N3WBI3

Exactly! And as for me (who must work and have an allergy to whatever the heck is in fragrances), I have 2 co-workers who laugh at me when I tell them their cologne is what is causing my coughing, raspy voice, stuft up head and headache. They seem like nice people, smart people, but they won’t change. So, I hide in my room and shut the door, and turn on the air purifier, and still go home sick.


119 posted on 02/16/2009 12:57:39 PM PST by SnarlinCubBear (Get Sarcasma - Comforting relief from the use of irony, mocking and conveying contempt)
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To: N3WBI3
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...

Don't expose miners to them (why would you eat peanuts in a mine, anyway?), and nothing will be severed...

120 posted on 02/16/2009 12:57:49 PM PST by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwaet! Lar bith maest hord, sothlice!)
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To: rovenstinez

(not an answer to your question but...) I used to work with a man who was deathly allergic to NUTS but could eat peanuts, because (he said) that peanuts are PEAS not nuts. Anyone know?


121 posted on 02/16/2009 1:38:54 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Travis T. OJustice

No


122 posted on 02/16/2009 3:43:35 PM PST by indcons (An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.)
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To: muawiyah

I like that idea.


123 posted on 02/16/2009 4:30:41 PM PST by indcons (An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.)
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To: TaraP

“The return of peanuts to the snack menu at Northwest Airlines this month has prompted a spasm of protests from travelers with allergies”

I am allergic people with huge butts, but I don’t recall any attempt by the airlines to ban them from sitting next to me.


124 posted on 02/16/2009 5:30:15 PM PST by yazoo
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To: SnarlinCubBear

Im sorry to hear about that its amazing how some people can take pride in the fact they act like total tool regarding other peoples health...

They are not saying ‘I should have a right to do X’ they are saying ‘Even though X makes you ill I have a right to do it so I will be sure to do it in your face’...

Its really not all that dissimilar in effect than militant gays.


125 posted on 02/17/2009 7:51:19 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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