You’ve heard about schools, daycares and playgroups going nut-free. Well, now you can add an airline to that list. Southwest Airlines will no longer serve peanuts on their flights. The change, starting this summer, is in response to the growing number of people with severe peanut allergies.

Food allergies affect between 4 and 6 percent of American children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With peanuts being a biggie, it’s no wonder that so many places are banning the salty snack.

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It’s true how that little bag of peanuts the flight attendant passes out from their creaky cart is synonymous with in-flight treats. Even though the peanut is kind of the snack icon of the sky, it’s also a major problem for anyone with an allergy—especially tens of thousands of feet in the air.

Representatives from Southwest told USA TODAY, “Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest’s history and DNA. However, to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, especially for customers with peanut-related allergies, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue serving peanuts on all flights beginning August 1.”

What will replace the nuts? Reportedly, pretzels and other similar snacks will be served in lieu of nuts entirely.

—Erica Loop

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