Thursday, June 16, 2005

QuickTake: S.O.P.--Stupid on Purpose

From John Carlton's Rant comes this tidbit:

Most airlines are still giving out peanuts during flights. Do you know what the number one food to cause lifethreatening allergic reactions is? Yep. Peanuts. But it’s just been S.O.P. for the airlines for so long, they can’t break out of it. I’m watching for someone to sue the guts out of them. I know at least two people who clog up dangerously just breathing peanut dust. This allergy stuff is not secret.

John's take? Standard Operating Procedure (S.O.P.) sometimes stands for Stupid on Purpose!

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21 Comments:

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Alexandra said...

Dr. Ayers you are so correct! Although two weeks ago I was on a United flight and they served pretzels. I happen to know that Delta, Conntinental, and Southwest Airlines have been serving peanuts within the last year. This is crazy! They should really take their customers into consideration. Did you know that these airlines dont offer alternatives for snacks except for maybe crackers? And to get those crackers (on a short flight) you have to be feeling sick. Yeah you are correct, I too am waiting for that lawsuit to apear on CNN!

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger Samuel said...

Dr. Ayers,
I myself know at least two people who are allergic to peanuts and things in the nut family. I think that this should be done away with and besides peanuts do not really feel you up. If nothing is done I am sure a lawsuit will be the solution, however, the airlines may argue that the person knew they weree allergic and shouldn't have taken the nuts.

 
At 11:43 AM, Blogger aherrera said...

I hate peanuts unless they are served with hot sause or lemon. But If those cheap airlines do not quit serving that JUNK I am so sure a lawsuit is not far from being on TV.

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger eva said...

I wonder if they have a procedure in case of an allergic reaction would occur that was life threatening. Would the Airlines be prepared? Would the Airlines be responsible? Has it already happened

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Susan B. said...

Really we are not paying for the darn nuts, its just a free-be. So it makes no difference to me what they serve, if anything? Obviously its not that big of a deal to them or they would have switched snacks. I'll keep flying either way. It doesnot effect me so I am not worried about it.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Lindsey said...

Dr. Ayers,
I have traveled on airlines where peanuts or pretzels are given as a complimentary snack. I have never really taken into consideration just how many people are allergic to peanuts and how it would relate to lawsuits. I don't believe that the dust from a small bag of peanuts would affect someone who is allergic. I don't doubt that one day someone may sue an airline because of this, I just think it is amazing what people will sue about these days.

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger Jon62486 said...

Dr. Ayers,
I agree those airlines better be careful if they don't watch out Southwest Airlines could become Dave's Airlines when he dies from an allergic reaction and his family sues them.

 
At 3:17 PM, Blogger Sue Gruchacz said...

I am trying to remember the last airlines that I flew, I believe it was in January and I flew American Airlines. They did not hand out peanuts, they handed out pretzels. I'm not sure why they hand out anything. There are so many food establishments in airports that if someone were really hungry they certainly don't need the airline to supply it. I prefer saving $1.00 per ticket or whatever, instead of soda and pretzels.

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

I see your point, but on the other hand, it's like when you go to a fast food place, or a restraunt in general and you see those signs that say "may contain peanuts" people flying are aware that there are peanuts being passed out, and if it's such a big problem for them, then they need to let someone know. If a peanut allergy was so insanely terrible that their face would expand being 2 feet away, what do they do at restraunts or the mall where they can't control who's near them and what that person is eating. I doubt it's really that big of a deal if airlines are still passing them out.

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger Veronica said...

I have known people who are so severly allergic to peanuts, they can not be touch people who have ingested any peanuts or peanut oil. I can not wait for the airlines to be sued as well. But sometimes that does not change things.

 
At 10:51 PM, Blogger Anitasha said...

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At 10:52 PM, Blogger Anitasha said...

Well, as it seems, the airlines are just fine with serving penuts. If they have serve them for so long and nothing has happened yet, I wouldn't know why something will happen.But then again, "there is always a first time," and also nowadays people sue for everything, therefore I wouldn't be surprised if someone did sue the airlines.

 
At 9:31 PM, Blogger Brian Turner (Coolwhip) said...

I would love to see some idiot sue the airlines and lose. It is not like the airline held you down and forced the peanuts in you. If you are allergic then don't eat it and if you don't know well guess what the flight has on board? An epinephrine shot just to keep you from dying of an allergic reaction. That is what the medical world would call an unknown allergy and safeguards millions of resturants and hospitals from keeping other idiots from sueing them.

 
At 12:23 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Do the airlines ever think about the alternatives to peanuts? Besides being an allergen, peanuts are also very salty--making passengers thirsty and craving a drink. Wouldn't it be more cost effective to have a snack less salty, thus saving money on soda, fancy water, etc.?

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Vince said...

Yeah that would stink if something happened and yes it is an accident waiting to happen, but no one is making you eat them! But you figure that a person who knowingly has an allergic reaction would probably do it anyway just to sue the airline since everybody wants money. Yeah we do have some pretty dumb people out there folks. And the kicker is if they get sued we end up paying for it through our increase in flight rates! So those of you who are allergic to the salty little guys, words of advice "DON'T DO IT!"

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Kelly Thomas said...

I'm not allergic, but I certainly don't like peanuts. I choose my airline by what soft drinks they serve. If they don't offer Dr. Pepper, they don't get my money!!

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger Felicia said...

Hey, I know I almost choked to death on peanuts. Maybe I lost my chance to become rich. Hmm what do you know...:O

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger AQUIETUSx said...

I personally like the free peanuts. I don't think their gonna kill you or alot of people would of already died. You just need to chill. Anyways believe me, if theirs a way to make millions sueing the airlines, than let me know.

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger Joaquin A said...

why would there be a law suit??? the airline OFFERS the peanuts to the consumers. they don't force or require them to accept, much less eat the nuts. so if you have knowledge of you allergic reaction, why eat them??? and how can you hold the airline responsible for your mistake? if you're allergic or don't like peanuts DON'T TAKE THEM.

 
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