EasyJet is set to stop offering nuts on flights and ban its passengers from eating them on-board if one of their fellow travellers is allergic to them.
In an interview with Sky News, the airline said that anyone who has an allergy should notify the firm in advance so that the other passengers can be asked not to consume products that contain nuts that they may have brought on-board.
The peanuts have already been pulled from all of its flights and the final items that contain nuts are set to be taken off the menu within the next few months.
A spokesperson stated: “The safety and welfare of all of our customers and crew is our highest priority, so we have a number of procedures in place to assist customers travelling with a nut allergy.”
She added: “It is not possible to ban nuts on all flights since passengers will still bring products onboard containing them, but when a passenger who suffers from a severe nut allergy which can result in anaphylaxis is travelling with us, we will request that other passengers travelling on the flight do not consume nuts that they have brought with them.”
The passengers can make the airline aware of their allergy in advance as early as the time that they book their flights.
The said information will then be passed on to the flight’s cabin crew – and the customers are advised to identify themselves to the employees upon boarding the plane.
EasyJet is not the first airline in the United Kingdom to introduce stricter nut policies, with British Airways among those airlines that already ask its passengers not to eat peanuts if someone else on-board the flight has an allergy.
Currently, industry-wide rules regarding nut allergies are not yet introduced, however, an aviation charter that could introduce more widespread restrictions is under consultation.
Earlier this year, Liz Sugg, the aviation minister, met with medical experts, airlines, and allergy sufferers, and emphasised the need for “improved clarity and consistency in how the sector deals with allergies”.
The consultation on the charter which is dubbed Aviation 2050, is scheduled to end later this year.