Singapore Airlines (SIA) has stopped serving peanuts as snacks to passengers on its flights, the carrier said.
In response to queries from Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore, the airline said on Monday (30 April) that the new policy had taken effect since April 2018 and would apply to all its cabin classes.
The move comes after several peanut allergy cases that have occurred during flights, including on SIA planes.
SIA said, however, that nut products would still be served in in-flight meals.
“We regret we are unable to provide a completely nut-free cabin or guarantee an allergy-free environment on board,” said an SIA spokesperson. “For example, other customers may still be served meals containing nut products or their derivatives, and it is possible that other customers may bring their own snacks or meals on board which may contain nuts or their derivatives.”
The airline said peanuts had been replaced with peas and crackers in snack packs in Economy Class. It would continue to serve cashews, macadamia nuts and walnuts in Suites and First Class, and almonds and cashews in Business Class and Premium Economy Class.
In July last year, a three-year-old boy from Australia suffered a potentially fatal allergic reaction on an SIA plane after passengers opened peanut packets handed out by the cabin crew. SIA began a review of its peanuts policy after this incident.
Another Australian woman experienced a similar allergic reaction on an SIA flight in 2016 due to “peanut fumes” on the plane.
In an incident on a Southwest Airlines flight that occurred in March this year, a nine-year-old boy from Texas suffered a reaction after peanuts were served to passengers. The boy’s mother had to resort to using an epinephrine injection to save the boy’s life.
SIA is not the first airline to stop serving peanuts on its planes. Airlines such as Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand and British Airways have already banned peanuts from all their flights.
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