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No nuts for you.(Federal Aviation Administration proposes establishment of "peanut-free zones" in airlines)

Safe at last! The U.S. government, as part of its ongoing effort to make air travel available to all who want or should want to fly, has stunned the industry with another proactive, pre-emptive regulatory strike. The feds have proposed rules to make the aircraft cabin safe from peanuts, the Wall Street Journal reports (Sept. 2, 1998, page 1).

Yes, now a "peanut-free zone" would be established in cabins, including a "buffer zone" of a seat row in front of and behind the peanut-sensitive traveler who requests a peanut-free environment.

ATA, foot dragger that it is, protests, saying that less than one-tenth of 1% of the U.S. public is affected by peanut allergies and the steps to be required are far out of proportion to the actual problem. FAA dismissed as unimportant the fact that there have been zero in-flight medical emergencies attributed to peanut allergies. …

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