Southwest Airlines to no longer serve peanuts

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FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, a Southwest Airlines plane takes off from Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla. Southwest Airlines Co. is reporting first-quarter earnings of $351 million on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Southwest is taking a nod from other airlines to ditch a fan-favorite snack.

The company said due to passengers who suffer from peanut allergies nuts will no longer be available on the flight. 

The airline will stop serving peanuts starting on August 1.

Southwest says it will still offer complimentary pretzels and other items on longer routes.

Southwest released the following statement about the decision:

Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest’s history and DNA. However, to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, especially for 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 the 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.
 
Best regards —
 
The Southwest Communications Team

American and United don’t serve packaged peanuts on board, and they also warn other food may contain nuts.

Delta won’t serve peanuts if a passenger notifies the airline about an allergy, and it lets people board early to wipe down their seats and tray tables.

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