Food Allergy 101: Southwest Airlines 1 - National Peanut Board 0


What if my food allergy was a real, live person? And what if I could talk to him about what he's taught me over the years? Every Thursday, I get that chance...

BLOG POST #159 —  I wasn't able to get to the meeting this week with Mr. A., my allergy, but I left him a note at our regular table.

"Hi Mr. A. Sorry I missed our meeting. I thought you'd be wanting to talk about Southwest's decision to stop serving peanuts on their planes. I think it's a bold, great idea. I'm sure you disagree. Anyway, I'm sure you also brought a bunch of copies of the misleading USA Today advertisement the National Peanut Board created. You'll try to convince me there was value to the ad. You don't have to convince me. Here is one good thing you can do with the ad right now:


1. Take out the USA Today National Peanut Board full page adverisement and place it on the table vertically.

2. Fold the left half to the right to make a crease in the center.

3. Unfold it.

4. Fold the top corners to the center.

5. Fold the new left and right corners to the center.

6. Fold plane in half from right to left.

7. Now fold the left edge to the right to form the wing. Use your fingernail to help make the tip as pointy as possible.

8. Turn the plane over.

9.  Fold other wing to line up with the first wing.

10. Unfold the wings.

11. Make sure the wings are tilted up a bit.

12. Throw it far, preferably in the direction of a trash can or dumpster. 


JJ Vulopas is a rising senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at Follow him on Instagram & Twitter @thelandofcan.