Southwest Airlines Says Goodbye To Peanuts

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Southwest Airlines Does Away With Peanuts

Southwest Airlines announced they’ll stop serving peanuts onboard their flights as of August 1st of this year. The move is occurring as Southwest and other airlines become more mindful of the impact of those customers with peanut/peanut-dust related allergies.

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In addition to pretzels, the airline is closely looking at their onboard offerings and even says that snack testing is underway now. So we will be anxiously awaiting to see what new items we can expect to see onboard.

Here's the official statement from Southwest Airlines regarding their elimination of peanuts:

We love peanuts at Southwest Airlines—we always have and we always will. Unfortunately, peanuts don’t love all of our Customers. To provide the best Hospitality and outstanding Customer experience for everyone, including those with peanut-related allergies, we’ll no longer serve peanuts beginning August 1.

Of course, we didn’t take this decision lightly. Peanuts are a huge part of our heritage. But at the end of the day, no one can argue that it’s our People and the Hospitality you deliver that set us apart, far more than peanuts ever could. When all our Customers—those with peanut-related allergies included—feel welcomed, cared for, and appreciated, that’s a hospitable environment. On top of that, recent research shows that Customers associate Southwest Airlines with our Heart more than our peanuts. That’s a win in my book.

Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States (including Brandon here at Two Gays and a Puppy) has a peanut or tree nut allergy. And up to 50% of those with peanut allergies also have nut allergies.