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Southwest Airlines bans peanuts — see how other airlines handle allergies

Sitting with her husband and four children on a Southwest Airlines flight this past March, Chelsia Calvert encountered many mothers’ worst nightmare.

As her family slept beside her, tired from attending a family wedding in South Carolina, she watched as flight attendants passed out bags of peanuts to fellow passengers in the rows ahead of her. Minutes later, her then-9-year-old son Christian began breaking out in hives.

Calvert’s son has life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, as well as a less severe allergy to shellfish. Prior to boarding her flight from Atlanta to Houston, Calvert had taken every step possible to protect her son: She made note of his allergy when booking her tickets, made follow-up calls to remind Southwest LUV, -1.11% of his allergy, and informed the on-ground and in-flight crew when she arrived at the airport.

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