Peanuts and Southwest Airlines have been a synonymous cliché since the airline was founded in 1967. Watch a catering truck pull up to a Southwest plane and…wait for it…someone says “there’s the peanut truck”. But, like Toys-R-Us and plastic straws, SWA peanuts join a slew of 20th century cultural icons on their way out this year.
Peanut allergies have cause strife for the Dallas-based carrier in recent years. Last year a Texas family blamed the airline for a life-threatening allergic reaction in their 9-year-old son, in an interview with the Houston, Texas NBC News affiliate.
The Department of Transportation floated a nationwide peanut ban in 2011, but was stymied at the lack of clinical research on peanut allergy health effects needed to legally justify a ban, per CNN.
Some were sad…
In other news southwest is not going to serve their peanuts anymore 😭😭
— Jordan (@jordy16__) July 10, 2018
Except those with peanut allergies…
Thank you @SouthwestAir, for eliminating peanuts!
Peanuts used to be my favorite snack…until I was diagnosed with a minor allergy less than 2 years ago.
I look forward to whatever snack choice you will provide in the future and am excited to continue to fly SW safely! 👍🏼
— Alexandra Kephart (@alexashleykep) July 10, 2018
…including Girl Meets World star August Maturo.
Yay! Beginning Aug 1 @SouthwestAir will ditch the peanuts!
“Our ultimate goal is to create an environment where all customers—including those with peanut-related allergies—feel safe and welcome on every Southwest flight”
This allergic kid says THANKS!
— August Maturo (@AugustMaturo) July 10, 2018
And then there was the opportunistic crowd.
— Jeff Meltzer (@jeffmeltzer) July 10, 2018
Save up, peanut lovers. Aug. 1 will be your last chance to dance with Southwest Airlines blue foil packaged peanuts. Those gold honey roasted nuts just got even more precious.