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October 21, 2021
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Airlines' fave snack grounded

It looks like the aviation industry's longstanding love affair with those little nut packets is about to end. Responding to passenger complaints, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has ordered Air Canada to create “buffer zones” around passengers with nut allergies. In economy class, that will mean no one in the same row as the allergic passenger or the rows in front and behind can consume any nuts during the flight. The CTA deemed a nut allergy to be a disability that airlines must accommodate. For their part, nut allergy sufferers must make their request 48 hours before the flight. Among Canada's other major airlines, WestJet doesn't serve nuts at all and Porter, which like Air Canada serves almonds but not peanuts, already takes the “buffer zone” approach.

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