American Airlines announced that it will allow early boarding for people with nut allergies so they can wipe down their seats to avoid allergens.
The airline announced its new policy, which will go into effect Dec. 12, in a Tuesday filing with the U.S. Transportation Department. The change comes in response to complaints that Food Allergy Research & Education and the mother of a highly allergic boy filed against American Airlines in 2017. (RELATED: United Airlines Gives Free Flights To Illegal Immigrants)
Passengers walk on the tarmac to board an American Airlines plane at Los Cabos International Airport, in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur state, Mexico on March 14, 2018.
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“Customers with nut allergies who would like to board flights early to wipe down surfaces may ask to do so at the gate,” an airline representative told Bloomberg.
American Airlines does not serve peanuts to its passengers in-flight. Still, the airline said it could not guarantee that its passengers would not come into contact with peanuts on its planes. Food Allergy Research & Education mentioned in its complaint that it is not possible for passengers with allergies to wipe down their seats and tray tables during general boarding.
While affording early boarding to passengers with nut allergies is not a universal practice among airlines, American Airlines is not alone in its new policy. Delta Air Lines Inc. also allows passengers with food allergies to board early.
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