While it may not be possible to ban all the nutty passengers that step onto a plane each day, EasyJet is eliminating the sale of nuts onboard.
You’ll have to forgive my poor attempt at humor, but I do view human nut as more of a threat than tree nuts. That said, the issue is serious and the stakes are high. An unexpected encounter with nuts can send otherwise healthy human beings into disastrous allergic reactions.
Seeking to mitigate these occurrences, EasyJet has banned the sale of nuts on all flights effective immediately. Furthermore, if EasyJet is informed that a passenger onboard is allergic to nuts, it will ban passengers from eating any nut product they may have brought onboard.
This is a purely voluntary move since no laws or regulations in the UK or elsewhere the consumption of nuts onboard a commercial airplane.
Korean Air vs. EasyJet
EasyJet is taking quite a different approach than Korean Air, which offers peanuts to economy class passengers onboard its flights. Recently, Korean Air ejected two passengers for complaining about nuts served onboard a flight from Seoul to Taipei. The boys were told to deal with the peanuts or get off the flight. They stepped off…and flew home.
This remains a difficult issue. I’m still of the opinion that sending one person into anaphylactic shock is not worth all the peanuts in the world. Still, it’s a tricky issue that EasyJet has chosen to deal with in a draconian way.
What do you think about the nut ban on EasyJet?