In Memoriam: Southwest’s Now-Retired Peanuts on Display at MCO
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July 31, 2018, was the last day ever you’ll be able to eat peanuts on a Southwest flight. So naturally, we’re mourning the loss of the airline’s most notable snack. Tuesday afternoon, Orlando International Airport (MCO) released images of a new memorial at the airport that commemorates the life and death of plane peanuts on board Southwest’s fleet of planes.
Warning: these image may be difficult to view for some.
Five innocent bags of Southwest peanuts, lightly salted, lie inside of a glass pedestal. “Just for you. Enjoy,” the tiny packages read. Sigh. They truly will be missed. However, they’ll never be forgotten at MCO, on display for all to see.
Southwest announced the retirement of the nuts not too long ago, citing common peanut allergies as the cause for the snack removal. The change would probably be in the interest of people like pop sensation Dua Lipa, whose sister is severely allergic to nuts and did not get a comforting response from United when the crew of their flight was alerted.
We hope that Southwest isn’t letting the end of an era go without bringing new life to its aircraft. Maybe the nuts will be replaced with some less problematic snack that would allow those with peanut allergies to breathe a little easier on board their next Southwest flight.
Officially, rest in peace, Southwest lightly salted peanuts. Gone but never forgotten.
This post was updated to reflect that Southwest has not decided to replace peanuts with almonds.
Featured image courtesy of @MCO (Orlando International Airport) on Twitter.
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