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25 Apr 2019

BY James Chapple

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EasyJet to stop sale of nuts on flights

EasyJet is to stop selling nuts on its flights to protect passengers with allergies.

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EasyJet to stop sale of nuts on flights

The airline will also ban passengers who bring food or snacks containing nuts onboard from eating them if a fellow passenger has notified the airline or cabin crew of an allergy in advance.


EasyJet says while it can’t guarantee nut-free flights, it would seek to put the interests of those with an allergy first.


It has also urged anyone with a nut allergy to alert the airline in advance so the message can be passed onto cabin crews, and has built functionality into its online booking process to do this, the BBC reports.


An easyJet spokesperson said: "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 with a nut allergy.


"It is not possible to ban nuts on all flights since passengers will still bring products onboard containing them, but 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."


There are currently no fixed rules governing the sale or consumption of nuts during flights, and policies differ between airlines.

 

The government’s 2050 aviation strategy could potentially contain a passenger charter with rules protecting those with allergies.

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