Peanuts on Singapore Airlines? Nut anymore!
SOME PEANUTS to go with your white wine?
Not on Singapore Airlines (SIA), not anymore.
The island city-state’s flag carrier announced it has stopped serving peanuts on its flights. This is coming after a toddler suffered a severe allergic reaction, as well as other near-fatal cases on other carriers.
On July 12, 2017, three-year-old Marcus Daley was traveling on SIA flight SQ217 from Singapore to Melbourne when he suffered a severe allergic reaction to peanuts. The boy was served a nut-free special meal but he went into anaphylaxis when other passengers opened snack bags of peanuts.
“He started vomiting, his eyes were starting to swell and he couldn’t speak properly,” his father Chris Daley told ABC at the time.
Fortunately, the allergy was quickly brought under control with the anti-allergy medication his parents had brought with them.
However, the incident pushed SIA to review its nut policy.
The Straits Times quoted an SIA spokesman as saying, “Cashews, macadamia nuts, and walnuts continue to be served in Suites and First Class, while almonds and cashews continue to be served in Business Class and Premium Economy Class.”
Snack packs containing peas and crackers have replaced peanuts in Economy Class.
On the airline’s website, an advisory stated, “We’ll make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request for a nut-free meal. However, we’re unable to provide a nut-free cabin or guarantee an allergy-free environment on board.”
“It’s not unusual for other passengers on our flights to be served meals and snacks containing nuts or their derivatives. We also have no control over passengers consuming their own snacks or meals on board, which may contain nuts or their derivatives.”
There have been reports of children suffering severe allergic reactions with other airlines in recent times. In March, a 10-year-old old boy suffered a near-fatal allergic reaction after consuming one cashew on board an American Airlines flight from Aruba to New York.
SIA joins major carriers Qantas, British Airways and Air New Zealand in implementing an all-out peanut ban on flights.
Other airlines that are attentive to peanut and nut allergies include:
- Requires prior notification either upon booking or 48 hours before flying.
- Cannot guarantee that the flight will be completely peanut-free, but will refrain from serving peanuts and peanut products onboard your flight.
- Will allow affected passenger to pre-board and clean seating area.
- Does not serve bar snacks containing peanuts, but cannot prevent other passengers from bringing their own snacks.
- Cannot provide a nut-free special meal.
- Affected child passenger not allowed to travel as an unaccompanied minor.
- The airline will set up buffer zone if needed to help avoid the risk of exposure, but requires prior notification 48 hours before flying.
- Requires affected passenger to inform head cabin crew upon boarding of severe nut allergy.
- The airline will set up a buffer zone one row in front and one row behind the allergic person.
- Does not serve any nuts in the complimentary snack choices.
- Does not serve peanuts on board but is unable to provide meals without any trace of peanuts.
- Advises affected passengers to bring their own food that does not require chilling or heating onboard.
- Out of consideration for all its passengers, the airline requests all passengers not to bring peanuts onboard.
- Its cabin crew is trained to respond to an allergic emergency.