The next time you board a Southwest Airlines flight, you may notice that something is missing. The discount airline is ditching their complementary tiny bags of peanuts.
Peanuts won’t be available on any flights starting Aug. 1 because of concerns about allergies. Free pretzels will continue to be offered, while additional snacks such as small packs of cookies or chips will be available on longer flights, Southwest said.
While the change is understandable as peanuts do pose a health risk to some passengers, it won't be an easy one. Peanuts have always been a major part of Southwest's identity. The carrier often describes its ticket prices as “peanuts” and its employee blog is titled “Nuts About Southwest.”
Southwest isn't the only airline that is peanut free. Both American Airlines and United/Continental have peanut free flights.