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New British Airways rules on nut allergies come into effect

baBritish Airways yesterday launched new regulations concerning the consumption of nuts on its aircraft. The new rules ask passengers not to open packs of peanuts if they are sitting close to anyone with a nut allergy.

The initiative will also see attendants on each of the UK carrier’s flights requesting passengers to refrain from opening packs of nuts at the same time as they demonstrate safety procedures. The new requirements follow on from BA’s decision to scrap serving nuts to passengers on board its flights.

Although the regulation requests passengers not to eat nuts near allergy sufferers, there is no ban on bringing unopened packs of nuts on board. BA is the first of the major global carriers to introduce a regulation on eating nuts on board.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed the new policy had gone into effect and noted no nuts were served on flights and meals were prepared without nut additives too. The representative added that the change in policy was designed to cater to all passengers and alleviate the suffering of those with allergies.  

The statement also reiterated the need for allergy sufferers to tell cabin staff about their ailments. As a codicil, it stated that passengers should also tell the attendants whether they were carrying medication to deal with exposure to peanuts or any other kind of nuts.

Medical professionals say that up one in one hundred people have some kind of allergy to nuts. Sufferers have different reactions to exposure, but in worst case scenarios it can lead to anaphylaxis, unconsciousness and in rare instances, death.

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