recently posted discussions on whether airlines should ban peanuts for the safety of peanut allergic passengers.

Discussions took place online from June 2nd and were closed on August 31st. The Regulation Room is now seeking comment on their draft summary through September 16th.

From a Regulation Room Moderator:

“Now the goal is to ensure that the summary captures all the points that people made during the discussion. If you think something is unclear or wrong, please leave a comment on the section that you think needs work.”

From the Summary:

“The goal here is to give DOT (Department of Transportation) the best possible picture of all the different views, concerns, and ideas that came out during the Peanut Allergy discussion.”

The summary covers:

  • Evidence of Existence and Severity of Peanut Allergies
  • Personal Rights and Freedoms
  • Slippery Slope
  • Industry Self Regulation vs. Governmental Regulation
  • Enforceability Problems
  • Economic Costs
  • Possible Regulatory Response: Ban Peanuts on All Flights
  • Possible Regulatory Response: Create Peanut-Free Flights or Peanut-Free Zones
  • Possible Regulatory Response: Education
  • Possible Regulatory Response: Personal Responsibility Rather than Regulation
  • Possible Regulatory Solution: Accommodations by Airlines other than Peanut Restrictions

You can read and comment on the draft summary at the following site:

Regulation Room – Airline Passenger Rights

Ruth LovettSmith is the mother of a child with multiple life threatening food allergies and founder of Best Allergy Sites: Your Food Allergy and Gluten Free Guide

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