Last week the Department of Transportation proposed several customer-focused rule changes, including increasing the amount of money airlines must pay to passengers who are bumped.
Buried deep in that document, though, was one of the goofier things we’ve seen from the government: a proposal to ban or restrict peanuts from airplanes. At this point, the DoT is just requesting comment from the public on the proposed changes, so it’s not as if they have told airlines to stop serving peanuts (or to set aside a peanut-free zone). However, the fact that this has even come up makes me shutter. First off, I should note that for my entire life I have had a severe nut allergy, so I more than sympathize with parents of children who have peanut allergies. But this proposal furthers the nanny state situation we see in schools where peanuts are either banned, or peanut non-eaters are relegated to their own cafeteria gulag.
Banning peanuts on airplanes (or schools, for that matter) helps no one. I learned at an extremely young age not to eat nuts. Children are much smarter than we give them credit for (especially in this area), and banning peanuts (or whatever other substance they decide) never helps young allergy sufferers figure out how to deal with their problem. This specific proposal is simply ridiculous, as any passenger’s seat can be a nut-free zone SIMPLY BY DECLINING THE NUTS. I’m hardly a Libertarian, but I think the DoT needs to leave us all alone and let us eat, or not eat, our peanuts in peace.