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DOT mulls banning peanuts on planes

/ Source: The Associated Press

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.