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Old 06-26-2010, 11:12 AM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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(CNN) -- Aimee Katz Zipkin, the mother of a 3-year-old girl with a severe peanut allergy, has been too afraid to get on an airplane with her daughter, worried that passengers enjoying the snacks could endanger the child.

"If you so desire, take a bath in peanuts," she said, "but if you're 30,000 feet up and someone has an allergic reaction, then the plane is going to have to go into emergency landing in God knows where, so why would you want to take that risk?"

Should peanuts be banned from planes? - CNN.com
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:57 AM
Location: Bel Air, California
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Old 06-26-2010, 12:20 PM
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No I don't think they should be banned from planes. I read the article and it said that only 1% of the population suffers from nut allergies so why should the 99% who DON'T have to give up their peanuts?
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Old 06-26-2010, 02:09 PM
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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Which airlines still serve peanuts? I know that my airline switched to a peanutless snack mix more than 10 years ago.
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:03 PM
Location: San Diego
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People have allergies to every single thing out there. If you get rid of peanuts, I can guarantee that someone will complain because the new item is something they are allergic to. Just as I don't think peanuts should be banned from school lunches, I also don't think banning them from planes is fair to the rest of the population.
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:06 PM
Location: Kenmore, WA
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I'm allergic to cats, but I don't think they should be banned. I just avoid cats. My mother's asthma is triggered by artificial scents, including perfume. If someone is wearing perfume, she has to put distance between her and them. Since she is blind, and on oxygen 24/7, her mobility is curtailed. Still, I don't recall her petitioning to ban artificial scents.

We take the life we are given, and we conform. We do not ask others to conform to us.
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:18 PM
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Gee, I've heard of people allergic to bee stings--that carry an Epi-Pen with them.


My room mate has a cat--I'm allergic. I take Benadryl. Problem solved.
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:32 PM
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I am allergic to many things, and I avoid them or take medicines when needed.

Sometimes it is very annoying to me... for example, I cannot stand smokers so I don't live close to them. If they happen to be too close, I move. If a smoker is somewhat close, I "smokeproof" my home as much as I can.

But as much as I am very happy many places are smoke-free now, the streets are public and I cannot tell them not to smoke on the streets.

If every person in the world has to change their ways bc of a few others, that is quite unfair, don't you think?! Isn't it much easier to go the other way around?!

I have had many annoying people around me (including in airplanes) thus I don't worry about this anymore. If it is annoying me, I move. If I cannot move, I take my medicine before my allergies kick in if I know something that bothers me might be around. Simple and drama-free. But that is just my opinion.
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:45 PM
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I think they oughta bring back peanuts and just ban snakes from the (expletive deleted) plane...
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:20 PM
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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I was on a JetBlue flight out of JFK a few months back and they paged for upwards of an hour that anyone carrying peanuts should throw them away to accomodate a passenger like this. This page was continued on the plane while it was on the tarmac that if you didn't throw them away then not to open the packages. What next do ban flights in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi since these states supply 70% of US peanuts. We cannot head down this path or we all shall be wearing hazmat suits for flying and having no carry-ons.
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