NUTS! Out with the Delta almonds and in (again) with the peanuts – Why this really matters to some flyers!

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I already miss the almonds!

I am really sad about the change back to peanuts on Delta flights from the previous offering of almonds (as a nut snack). Why? Lots of reasons. I am currently working on dropping a bunch of weight (60 pounds, 40 pounds to go) and almonds have less of an impact on my goal. Plus, I just like almonds much more than peanuts. Maybe you are the same.

But for others this switch really matters. There are any number of folks that can have a really bad (think life threatening) reaction to peanuts. What do these flyers do? Notice what Delta.com says:

“PEANUT ALLERGIES:
When you notify us that you have a peanut allergy, we’ll refrain from serving peanuts and peanut products onboard your flight. We’ll also advise cabin service to board additional non-peanut snacks, which will allow our flight attendants to serve these snack items to everyone within this area. Gate agents will be notified in case you’d like to pre-board and cleanse the immediate seating area. Unfortunately we still can’t guarantee that the flight will be completely peanut-free. Note that some snack products on board may be processed in plants which also process peanut products. If you need to make us aware of a peanut allergy for an upcoming flight, please visit My Trips or call Delta reservations at 1-800-221-1212″

So if you are allergic you need to hope that your request is honored by catering. Also, and I find this both interesting and disturbing, you can request to pre-board to “cleanse the immediate seating area.” OK then! Considering how infrequently Delta jets are thoroughly cleaned I can see why Delta has this wording on Delta.com.

Cute tweet SW Air!

So back to the choice to change nuts. Southwest has made the move to dump peanuts completely. It made national news and lots of folks were upset. I think it is a wise move as, over time, jets do get a top to bottom cleaning so peanut residue will be removed vs. constantly re contaminated. If Delta had stuck with almonds the peanut issue could all but go away.

What do you think. Does this issue impact you? Do you like one nut over the other? Should Delta follow Southwest’s lead (as well as other airlines) and just not have peanuts on jets? Let me know! – Rene