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Ending a Long Tradition, Southwest Will Stop Serving Peanuts

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by MULTIZ321, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. MULTIZ321

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    Ending a Long Tradition, Southwest Will Stop Serving Peanuts
    From the Associated Press/ AP News/ apnews.com

    "Southwest Airlines will stop giving away peanuts on flights next month, ending a tradition that goes back decades.

    The airline said Tuesday it was pulling peanuts from all flights because of concern for passengers with peanut allergies. They will be replaced by pretzels and, on some longer flights, other free snacks....."

    Richard
     
  2. Talent312

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    Fine by me. I prefer pretzels. If I want anything more substantial, I bring it myself.
    For our last SWA flight, we brought heros & hot fries to go, across from the gate.
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    On a recent longer flight, Southwest served Belvita cookies - the orange / cranberry flavor - for free.
    Them is good eating!
     
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    But if they are not serving peanuts, what am I going to feed my support Peacock!?!?!?

    Cheers
     
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    No problem with not eating / serving peanuts, I just want & needs something to snack on.
     
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    The kitten in the carry on bag....
     
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    Thanks a lot for sharing the thread. I really appreciate the notification you have published so far. This is really important!
     
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    I started flying Southwest back when they only serviced three Texas cities. I quit them when they changed their Frequent Flyer Program from segments to miles. Now this.

    George
     
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    Hmm.

    Me thinks the PR department and the bean counters (or is it peanut counters?) got together for lunch one day.
    The bean-counters complained about the cost of peanuts.
    The PR folks complained about allergic passengers and peanuts/wheat/shellfish/milk/soy/eggs and how to improve their image.
    Two martinis later, SWA save a few millions a year and PR made a hit with about 0.6% of Southwest's passengers.
    The other 99% of the passengers would like the peanuts back.
    IMHO
     
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    At boxed.com, 48 bags 1 oz. bags of peanuts is $7.99 ($20 min order).
    Your first order ships free... I have no affiliation with boxed.com

    That should cover you for awhile.
    [​IMG]
     
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    If you suffer from peanut allergies, or know anyone who does, you should be very happy about this. My guess is, it got to be too much trouble to monitor individual flights when they would find out they had someone on board with a peanut allergy and just decided to do away with them on all flights. Smart, in my opinion.
     
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    I actually know someone with a child that had multiple significant childhood allergies. They always carried epi's with them.

    They learned how to cope with living with 99% of the population that didn't have severe sensitivities to foods and non-food items.
    It was not easy. Unsupervised activities were very limited and there were no meals at restaurants that were not familiar with their needs.
    I understood the problem, I felt the pain they endured.
    Thank goodness, the symptoms have faded over the years.
    A bag of peanuts wasn't the real enemy. A young child eating a PBJ and smearing dirty hands on seats, rails, doors etc... was the real danger.

    I'm sorry, but I'm in the group that doesn't believe that PB, milk, nuts and other allergens should be removed from public schools, transportation etc....
    If this sounds harsh, I'm sorry for that. But, it doesn't change my opinion.
    Honestly, for someone with significant reactions, just eliminating peanuts from the current menu doesn't really do that much overall....the terminal, aircraft and passengers will continue to be saturated with dust and contaminants--not to mention the thousands of non-peanut products that are produced in plants/kitchens that contain nuts or nut-byproducts.
    Sounds good on a 'PR' tag-line, but this really has a minimal impact for those with significant allergy responses IMO.
    If I'm wrong, then good for everyone that gets relief.

    Of course, they'll probably end up sitting next to @Talent312 who'll be munching on 48 bags of the stuff.
     
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    I don't like peanuts or peanut butter, but I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I don't know what it is about those things. Anyway, Rick will miss our two packets of peanuts, but I don't care one bit. I guess he will bring snacks with him from now on.
     
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    Must be cheaper then bagging a costco sized bag of peanuts into 1 ounce bags for my kids.
     
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    I wish airlines would do the same for gluten intolerant folks. All those freshly baked cookies, nada. Bread, nada. Breaded meat etc, nada. There are lots of great testing gluten-free cookies, bread, etc... but no, they don't bother. Off my soap box.
     
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    Are those who are gluten intolerant affected just by being in contact with foods having gluten?
     
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    People with Celiac disease can get deathly ill and end up in the hospital if there is any sort of cross contamination during food preparation. The answer is yes to this first group. For those who are Celiac, their food must not be prepared in the same kitchen or in close proximity with other regular food.

    There is a separate group that is non-Celiac gluten intolerant who gets terrible upset stomach/instestinal issues with some trace of gluten in the food. I fall into the 2nd group. If I have the amount of gluten equal to about half a wheat cracker, I end up with severe stomach cramps and for the next 4 hours or so, I spend more time in the bathroom than out. Total misery. Fortunately I have great discipline and I just don't get tempted to eat food that is not gluten-free. Not eating gluten was a total life changer. If only I had realized years before.

    The part that may be confusing and annoying is that some people make it a fad, where they choose to be gluten-free, paleo etc because they believe they are healthier that way.
     
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    This!!! they are cutting to save costs while selling it as a customer service improvement. Classic corporation M-O.
     
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    They were handing out gluten-free snack mix on the last Delta flight I was on. That stuff was nasty. I should have opted for the Biscoff instead.
     
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    I thought the Schar Mini Butterkeks that one of the airlines handed out was pretty good.
     
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    They sell Biscoff at Costco now.....(big pack) they keep pretty well.....

    Nothing makes a home latte or espresso sing like nice Biscoff sitting on the saucer......
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    I have dairy allergies. Not life threatening though - just personally distressing. I've had food issues my entire life. Sometimes it's tough to find something to eat but it's just the way it is. Probably the worst is dessert - often no dairy free options.

    I'm not a peanut fan so I don't care about the change on Southwest. And I am super glad that I don't have a kid with a severe nut allergy. That must be a pain in the butt on a daily basis. I had a Celiac girl in my girl scout troop in the 90's before anyone knew it was a thing. Her mom called before every meeting to see what we would be eating for our snack and then packed an appropriately similar snack for her daughter. She even made gluten free pizza once. You adjust.
     
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    I remember reading a few years back about a child who was so deathly allergic to nuts, the elementary school she attended had to cut down the large pecan and walnut trees on the school grounds. The trees were 50-60 years old. That is quite an allergy.
     
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    My brother was allergic to nuts. Peanuts (legumes) and almonds (fruit) didn't bother him, but he was not all that interested in eating them. My parents rushed him to the local hospital when he was about 3 and had gotten into the Brazil nuts in the Christmas nut bowl -- that was the first time they realized he had a nut allergy. ( My memory of that night when I was 6 years old was a strange man opening the unlocked car door while my 4 year old sister and I were waiting and reaching inside to turn the car lights off). So no nut products in our house after that. As an adult he was known to get up out of his chair and go find a restaurant manager (or even go into the kitchen at times) when he bit into something that "shouldn't have had nuts in it" but did. One bite was all it took. It was pretty amazing how many things had walnuts in them that weren't announced.
     
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