Passengers With Nut Allergies Will Be Able To Board First On This Airline

American Airlines has just announced that they will soon be allowing passengers with nut allergies to pre-board their planes in order to wipe down surfaces that may be contaminated with nuts.

The new policy will go into effect on December 12 and will let passengers with nut allergies approach gate staff with requests to board the plane before other passengers in order to thoroughly clean their seating area. Exposure to even the dust of certain nuts can trigger a potentially fatal reaction in allergy sufferers.

There have been previous incidents involving allergic reactions to nuts on American Airlines flights, and this move is intended to hopefully prevent similar occurrences in the future. Nut allergy sufferers should be aware that the airline won’t reach out to them with an offer to pre-board – concerned passengers must approach gate staff and request the opportunity.

American Airlines doesn’t serve peanuts aboard their flights, but they do still serve other types of nuts. The carrier has also stated that they “can’t guarantee our customers won’t be exposed to peanuts during their trip.”