June 2nd, 2010
02:52 PM ET

Peanuts may be banned on planes

By Elizabeth Landau
CNN.com Health Writer/Producer

Here's some news for anyone who suffers from peanut allergies, and for parents of allergic children: The Department of Transportation is considering taking action to make airplanes more accessible to people allergic to peanuts.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) says it is considering the following options:

"1) banning the serving of peanuts and
all peanut products by both U.S. and international carriers on flights covered by DOT’s disability rule;
2) banning the serving of peanuts and all peanut products on all such flights where a passenger with a peanut allergy is on board and has requested a peanut-free flight in advance; or
3) requiring a peanut-free buffer zone in the immediate area of a passenger with a medically documented severe allergy to peanuts if passenger has requested a peanut-free flight in advance."

These considerations are open for public comment at regulationroom.org. They are part of a larger set of proposals concerning airline passenger protections. Read more here

Already certain carriers, such as US Airways and Air Tran, have chosen to be peanut-free, and others such as Delta will create a buffer zone of several rows around the allergic passenger in which peanuts are not served. But there are plenty of carriers that serve peanuts freely, and do not have such policies.

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