Food Allergies: CAST YOUR VOTE for 1 of 4 Options, CAST YOUR VOTE for 1 of the 4 options the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering in light of growing concern about peanuts on airplanes. Why should you “Post a Comment” below to vote for one of the four? Because this is an example of the way can provide a real service. Very few of our regular readers take time to add a comment. We’re all quite busy. But, thousands of readers come to read our series—so expressing your preference today may show our many silent readers an indication of American attitudes.

Please, VOTE by clicking “Post a Comment” below. It just takes a moment. If you’re just joining us, the previous peanuts-and-planes articles are linked in the column at right. So far, DOT is in the early stages of the process, soliciting comments about four options:

Possible U.S. Department of Transportation Rules for Peanuts on Planes

Number 1. No restrictions. Right now, air carriers do not face any restrictions when it comes to serving peanuts or peanut products. So, this option is to maintain the status quo and make America’s peanut farmers smile.

Number 2. Banning peanuts if an allergic person is on board. This option would ban “the serving of peanuts and all peanut products on all such flights where a passenger with a peanut allergy is on board and has requested a peanut-free flight in advance.”

Number 3. Peanut-free buffer zone. This option would require “a peanut-free buffer zone in the immediate area of a passenger with a medically documented severe allergy to peanuts if passenger has requested a peanut-free flight in advance.”

Number 4. Total ban. This is the most restrictive option. It would completely ban “the serving of peanuts and all peanut products by both U.S. and foreign carriers on flights covered by DOT’s disability rule.”

Here’s how one prominent group already has voted: The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) has formally registered a comment with DOT. FAAN applauds DOT’s consideration of this issue and pledges to work in partnership with DOT and the airlines. As a policy recommendation, the organization “believes that the most practical solution to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction to peanuts would be to simply discontinue serving packaged peanut snacks on all flights covered by DOT.” FAAN does not favor the buffer-zone option because it is unproven and provides a false sense of security.

How do you vote? Like FAAN? Or do other options make more sense to you?

To vote, remember, just click on “Post a Comment” below.

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