Shocking footage as a passenger lights up a cigarette inflight as though nobody was around, seemingly unaware that such a thing is frowned upon (let alone illegal in the United States).
A man is captured on video lighting up a cigarette at his seat, and proceeding to smoke. Another passenger across the aisle can’t believe his eyes, and presses the flight attendant call button. When the crewmember arrives, they point to the cigarette smoking man.
The flight attendant pats him on the arm for attention and says,
You cannot smoke on airplanes. That’s against the law. You do know that, right?
Meanwhile the passenger that’s smoking responds, “oh my G-d.” The crewmember then asks him for his boarding pass. At least the middle seat next to him was empty, and aircraft air flows downward, limiting (but not eliminating) the effects of second-hand smoke.
Guy lights up cigarette on a plane and finds out pic.twitter.com/XyCCBlNlK8
— Crazy Clips (@crazyclipsonly) November 26, 2023
He’ll certainly be banned from the airline, but in the United States there’s no ‘do not fly’ list for bad inflight behavior. He’ll just have to try lighting up somewhere else. Any administrative fine will likely be settled for cents on the dollar.
Over the summer a United Airlines passenger was caught on video surreptitiously vaping during a flight, and then exhaling water vapor. A first class passenger on my flight from London to Abu Dhabi two weeks ago did this, too, but I didn’t pull out my phone.
I was on a @united flight and the person next to me was vaping. When the flight attendants were asked to do something they completely dismissed it. Then after the flight when contacted, United just rejected it. pic.twitter.com/AQNFHH9al0
— pandora-gulf0x (@PGulf0x) June 25, 2023
The first airline to create a nonsmoking section was United back in 1971. No U.S. airline fully banned smoking worldwide until Delta in 1994. U.S. airlines were still allowed to offer on board smoking up until 2000.
Yet planes still have ashtrays! You’ll usually find them 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.
People do still smoke on planes! Here’s an American Airlines flight, where a passenger in the first class bulkhead lit up a cigarette. A flight attendant hero who “snatched it out of his hands.”
— Sara Radosevich (@Sara_Radosevich) December 6, 2022
One 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.