Southwest Airlines announced that by August 1st, they will no longer serve peanuts due to “life-threatening nut allergies.”
Those with peanut allergies can rest a little easier on their next Southwest flight, as the company announced Monday it will no longer be serving the traditional airplane snack.
Beginning August 1, Southwest will stop offering the complimentary packaged food on board as a cautionary measure for those who might suffer from potentially life-threatening nut allergies.
"Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest’s history and DNA," a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement to Fox News. "However, to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, especially for customers with peanut-related allergies, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue serving peanuts on all flights.”
Other free snacks will still be available for passengers. “We hope that our free pretzels (and the wonderful portfolio of free snacks on longer flights), served along with our legendary Southwest Hospitality, will please customers who might be nostalgic or sad to see peanuts go,” the spokesperson said.
While peanuts have become a common onboard offering with many airlines, Southwest is the one most closely associated with the salty snack. In 2017 alone, the airline served more than 106 million peanuts, according to its website.