United Airlines was first to create a nonsmoking section on a plane back in 1971. It wasn’t until 1994 that a U.S. airline banned smoking on all flights worldwide – that was Delta. Air Canada, for its part, went completely non-smoking in 1990. U.S. airlines were still allowed to offer on board smoking up until 2000.
Nonetheless, planes still have ashtrays, generally in or near the lavatory, because customers may smoke even though it’s illegal to do so – and they need a place to put out their cigarettes. Without ashtrays they’d be most likely to put out their cigarettes in the lavatory trash.. and light the paper tossed away inside on fire.
Recently a passenger on SpiceJet in India was banned for 15 days – that’s seriously all that happened – after being videotaped smoking a cigarette while sprawled out across a row of seats. Given the way this was videotaped, making a clear point of showing the brand of the man’s pants, it seems likely this was staged for brand publicity.
A video viral in social media raises serious questions about the Aviation Safety
A person named Bobby Kataria is seen in video, sitting inside the flight and smoking cigarette .
— Sameer Dixit (@sameerdixit16) August 11, 2022
The incident took place in January this year. Mr Kataria boarded the spicejet flight from Dubai.A police complaint was lodged. Also, as per Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR),an enquiry was conducted by SpiceJet.He was banned from flying on Spicejet flights for 15 days thereafter. https://t.co/lXnALAoBGy
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) August 11, 2022
Last year a passenger who lit her cigarette inflight says police beat her after flight attendants spiked her drink. And in 2020 a passenger lit up a cigarette after refusing to wear a mask on board. Before the pandemic another passenger downed 4 bottles of beer, vaped an e-cigarette, and punched a flight attendant all before his honeymoon. Another lit a cigarette, drank his own booze, and bit a flight attendant’s ear. While a man who burned himself with his own e-cigarette on board had the temerity to sue the airline.
(HT: Paul H)