askST: Why the worry about nuts served in aircraft?

Nurse Michelle Tan feeding teenager Tng Shih Kai a small dose of peanuts at National University Hospital in a programme to increase his tolerance to the food and avoid triggering an allergic reaction. There is no established consensus among the scien
Nurse Michelle Tan feeding teenager Tng Shih Kai a small dose of peanuts at National University Hospital in a programme to increase his tolerance to the food and avoid triggering an allergic reaction. There is no established consensus among the scientific community about why peanuts cause severe allergic reactions or why such cases are on the rise.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Risk of peanuts triggering allergic reactions on planes can't be underestimated, says doc

When Singapore Airlines (SIA) revealed this week its decision to stop serving peanuts as snacks on its flights, it joined many airlines in the industry that have made similar moves.

Carriers such as Qantas, Japan Airlines and British Airways already avoid serving peanuts as snacks or as part of in-flight meals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2018, with the headline 'Why the worry about nuts served in aircraft?'. Print Edition | Subscribe