SAVANNAH, Ga. - 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 nation's top 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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