BRITISH budget airline easyJet has announced it is no longer serve peanuts on its flights in a bid to help protect passengers with a severe allergic reaction to the nuts.
The airline will also ban passengers from eating nut products if somebody on board has an allergy to them.
easyJet has announced: “We have stopped the sale of peanuts onboard and will be removing the last product from our inflight range which contains nuts in the coming months.”
“When a passenger who suffers from a severe nut allergy, which can result in anaphylaxis, is travelling with us we will request that other passengers travelling on the flight do not consume nuts that they have brought with them onboard.”
The spokesperson continued: “The safety and welfare of all of our customers and crew is our highest priority so we have a number of procedures in place to assist customers travelling with a nut allergy.”
“We recommend that passengers inform us of their allergy at the time of booking which enables us to pass this information onto the cabin crew operating the flight.
“And we will request that other passengers travelling on the flight do not consume any products containing nuts that they have brought with them onboard.”
Peanut allergy is one of the most dangerous food allergies and is one of the most common causes of food-related death. In the West is estimated to affect between 1 – 3 per cent of the population.
In England, an estimated 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with peanut allergy every year; 25,700 having been diagnosed with a peanut allergy at some point in their lives.