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Is Peanut Allergy a Fear of Flying?

Is Peanut Allergy a Fear of Flying? | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Are you worried about peanuts on airplanes? This project investigates whether peanuts served on airlines can cause allergic reactions in some passengers. We'll swab seats, tray tables, and armrests, and send the samples to a lab to see if there is any peanut residue.


The hypothesis is that peanut residue will be present on the airplane seats.

Method & Materials

You will categorize and color-code sterile swabs, prepare distilled water and phosphate buffered saline, and swab the seats, tray tables, and armrests.
You will need an America West "Airline A 319" Flight 820, an America West Airline "Airline A 319" Flight 805, an America West Airline "Airline A319" Flight 748, a Peanut Allergy Kit, 20 Sterile Swabs, 1 Liter Distilled Water, a packet of Phosphate Buffered Saline ph 7.4, Singer Electric Sewing Scissors, a Laboratory, 2 Fedex shipping boxes, Blue Ice, Air Sick Bags, Airline Tickets, Yellow Yarn, Light purple Yarn, Olive Green Yarn, Hot Pink Yarn, Colored Coded Markers, a Black Pen, a red Sharpie, Sticky Noted, a 4x4 Cardboard Cutout, a 2x8 Cardboard Cutout, a roll of Scotch tape, an Ice Chest, and 2 4 ounce containers.


The results showed that peanut residue was found on one airplane seat, but the amount was not likely to cause a severe reaction in a passenger with a known peanut allergy. This observation stands out because it shows that although peanut residue was present, it was not in an amount that would cause a severe reaction.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting and unique because it investigates the presence of peanut residue on airplanes and the potential for allergic reactions in passengers.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include testing different types of snacks served on airplanes and testing for other allergens.

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