DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Like bags flying free, free packs of peanuts are part of what defines Southwest Airlines, but the peanuts are about to disappear.

The airline will discontinue giving out peanuts on August 1 to ensure a better experience for people with peanut allergies.

Flight attendants have served them on every Southwest Airlines flight since the very first ones in and out of Dallas Love Field. The company used peanuts to emphasize its discount fares.

Here is the statement CBS11 received from the Southwest Airlines media team Monday evening.

“Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest’s history and DNA. However, to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, including customers with peanut-related allergies, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue serving peanuts on all flights beginning August 1. 

 We hope that our free pretzels (and our wonderful portfolio of free snacks on longer flights) served along with our legendary Southwest Hospitality will please customers who might be nostalgic or sad to see peanuts go. Our ultimate goal is to create an environment where all customers—including those with peanut-related allergies—feel safe and welcome on every Southwest flight.”

The National Peanut Board criticized the move a couple of days later.

Comments (24)
  1. I do not have a peanut allergy but I do have a tree nut allergy. I was going to eat the pretzels when I went to check for allergy reasons.Pretzels are packed at King Nut Company. Packed in a Facility that handles peanuts and tree nuts.You better check that out for the allergy people.

  2. Thank goodness nobody has bloody mary allergies.

  3. medunic28 says:

    I always take almonds with me

  4. From a Mom with two peanut allergic boys, I would like to thank Southwest airlines. This takes a lot of anxiety out of our air travel!

    1. Pretzels are bagged in a facility that handles peanuts and tree nuts. So we are not safe yet.

  5. But Southwest will allow all kinds of crazy animals on board. This isn’t about allergies, it’s about money. #peanutsaintcheap

  6. oh great, another airline that leaves those which wheat allergies with no options… Shame

  7. janispattersonmysteries says:

    Once again, a large concern decides to push aside the many to pander to the few. Disgusting.

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