Is this as crazy as it sounds? Air Canada is considering nut-free buffer zones on airplanes.
Reports The Toronto Star:
Air Canada said it is willing to create “nut-free” buffer zones on its flights to accommodate passengers with severe nut allergies.
Passengers with allergies would simply be required to notify the airline 48 hours before they intend to travel to be seated in the buffer zone, Air Canada wrote in a proposal released Tuesday by the federal Canadian Transportation Agency.
Air Canada’s submission is a response to a recommendation made by the federal agency in early January to have a buffer zone on its airplanes, after two passengers complained about the inconsistent and difficult experiences they faced when they asked the airline to accommodate their severe nut allergies.
The airline agreed to the idea of a buffer zone, but said that the zone would not necessarily be on every flight, and would only be created when required.
The buffer zone would consist of the seats immediately adjacent to the passenger with allergies, and the bank of seats in front and behind the passenger. Other passengers in the area would be notified and would be invited “to refrain from consuming” nut products.
“If after the briefing there is objection from other passengers sitting in the buffer zone, the flight crew would try, if possible, to reseat passengers,” according to the proposal submitted to the CTA on Friday, after a 30-day deliberation period.