Swisskloten From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3994 times:
Can someone answer this for me? There is a law against tampering with or disabling the smoke detector in the plane's lavatory. Why go through the hassle? Even if you do succeed and light up, your breath will smell like smoke, your clothes will smell like smoke, the next person who uses the lavatory will know you were the one puffing and finally, your fingers will smell of nicotine. Just last week, a fool tried to do that and the flight was diverted. Even if he HAD been able to destroy the smoke detector, the smell of smoke and nicotine on his hands and clothes would have given him away. The plane is in the air so it's not like he can hide. I'm sure the stench will seep into the seat so all they have to do is sniff the fabric!
EZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4973 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3885 times:
I know all non smokers hated it, but I miss having a nice cigarrette after meals, especially on long haul.
"Why go through the hassle? Even if you do succeed and light up, your breath will smell like smoke, your clothes will smell like smoke, the next person who uses the lavatory will know you were the one puffing and finally, your fingers will smell of nicotine"
Well, your breath and clothes can smell like smoke even if you don't smoke in the plane. In many airports world wide you can smoke, and many, including myself, smoke a last one before boarding, so the smell is there. And even if the next person using the lav smells smoke, he will not necessarily report it.
Foxiboy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 208 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3821 times:
I dont undrestand why people cant wait a few hours to have a cigarette, i am a F/A in the uk and a smoker i can operate flights to india , and the duty is 14 hours with a tech stop and the report time etc and have no propblems,we also op flights of 2 hours and you get passengers trying to lite up in the lav. Here in the uk anyone caught faces a £5000 fine and 6 months in prison, and the airlines here will and do prosecute those people caught. So why risk it.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13448 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3773 times:
During 1998/99, BA Concorde flights, had a spate of toilet smoke alarms, or had the smoke detectors interfered with.
The crews had an idea who was responsible, the pax was warned.
Finally, one incident too many compelled the crew to radio ahead to LHR, for a police reception.
That's how Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein got arrested, charged and fined.
You'd have thought that paying for a much quicker flight would have been partly for this pax halving the time between smoke breaks wouldn't you?
Weinstein was apparently 'mortified' by the whole episode.
Moman From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3702 times:
I was flying on AA last week and someone was smoking in the rear lav. The FA asked for the pax to be honest and tell where he put the cigarette butt for the "safety of the aircraft". They figured out who is was through process of elimination but I don't know what happened after we got on the ground in STL.
AlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3533 times:
once of the many times I've flown Air France someone was caught smoking in the lavatory.
This was on a CDG-MAD leg. A flight attendent went storming back to the lavatory pulled the door open and dragged a guy about 18 years old out of the bathroom by his ear! She pulled him down the asile and to the cockpit. I think they where notifying the feds because when we arrived in MAD police came into the plane and took him out of the plane.
Slider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 7084 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3490 times:
Besides getting operational pages from IAH about weather, medical emergencies, etc over the Christmas holiday, I got NO FEWER than 3 messages of HPD being called to meet an inbound because of some dumbass smoking in the lav.
EZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4973 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3274 times:
" I just don't get it"
I'm a smoker and I don't get it either. When non smoking policies were enforced on all (or most) of the top airlines, I flew EZE-AMS-EZE and although it was tough at first, I managed fine to not smoke. Now for me its easy, even on long haul. But I guess some smokers really have a bad time, especially those that are scared to fly. My mom is a smoker and she used to be terrified of flying, and she could only calm herself with a smoke. I think she's over it now since she flies regularly and never tried to smoke in the lav.
F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5313 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3247 times:
Right after the smoking ban hit most US carriers, I had the enjoyment of watching someone enter the lavatory of a Republic Airlines MD-80. The seatbelt signs were still on, and we were airborn for about 2 minutes! To my shock, I heard the smoke detector go off shortly after.
A moment of chaos hit, as I suddenly saw the lavatory door pop open. The passenger was greeted by a Flight Attendant, who warned the passenger verbally. The smoke detector would not stop going off, and eventually the First Officer was seen going into the lavatory. I heard a loud bang, and watched him walk out of the bathroom. He had a shoe in his hand, and a funny smirk on his face. He proceeded back to the cockpit.
About an hour later, the same passenger went to the bathroom. I guess that was the last time, as I saw the flight attendant escort the passenger back to the seat. When we arrived to MSP, the pax was greeted by a few police officers. Not sure if the passenger was arrested or not, but it certainly shows that nicotine is a problem for some!
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1879 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3185 times:
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Just out of curiosity, are there any biz-jet type charters which allow smoking onboard? I'd think that if you are paying that much money for an aircraft (barring the applicable laws of course), and considering some of the crazy (entertainment) types that they haul around, that one of them must allow it, or at least look the other way.
Another idea - I think airlines need to start carrying nicotine gum or some equivalent for passengers who freak out and need a fix. I'd rather accomodate someone that way rather than have them light up in the lav and go through that turmoil. Also, if more airport gift shops would start carrying such a product, that would help too.