updated 9/7/2010 11:14:29 AM ET 2010-09-07T15:14:29

The federal government is considering whether to ban peanuts from being served on board commercial airlines.

The U.S. Transportation Department says concerns from travelers with peanut allergies prompted a call for public comment last week on whether the snack should be regulated by requiring peanut-free zones on planes or an outright ban.

Advocates say restrictions would ease the fears of an estimated 1.8 million Americans with peanut allergies, which can be life-threatening.

In Georgia, the top U.S. peanut-producing state, farmers are already fuming. Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission, said growers feel they're being singled out over other food allergies.

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