Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Another Opening (or not)
Almost a year ago I wrote Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, about the difficulty I had opening the bags of peanuts handed out on Southwest flights. I made no reference to peanut allergies. I’m sure Gary’s very busy, but I’m still waiting for his response. Maybe he couldn’t open my letter. Or it might have been lost in the airmail. I found nothing new on the Internut about opening the nuts on Southwest, but there’s plenty about peanut allergies and airplanes;
Peanut allergy causes emergency landing, airline sued | 9news.com
DOT Considers Peanut Ban on Flights | Food Safety News
Should we ban peanuts on airplanes? | Food Allergy Mama
On Airplanes, The Law Sides With Peanuts - Law Blog - WSJ
Free peanuts on airplanes started out as a marketing ploy – Quartz
My guess is that Gary is doing his part to protect passengers from the potential perils of peanuts by serving them in bags that can’t be opened without using an Amazing Open X (see previous FLOG), that the TSA would probably confiscate well before anybody could get it onto any Southwest aircraft (assuming the TSA could get it out of the clam-shell packaging).
I have no opinion on peanut allergy-gate. But I do like Southwest’s peanut policy:
· Allergy Policy: Southwest normally serves peanuts in-flight, but can substitute other snacks upon request. The airline suggests that customers with peanut allergies book their flights by phone and notify the airline of their allergy. Southwest also suggests booking early-morning flights, when the plane is at its cleanest. And by all means, sit next to David Stern - he can't open the peanuts anyway.