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Smoking And Air Rage  
User currently offlineCp666 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

Do you think there is a correlation between the increase of air rage events and the elimination of smoking on flights? If so, how does this explain the increase of road rage?

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User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1351 times:

Hmm. From what I've heard of air rage incidents, very often these correspond to alcohol consumption, not smoking or lack thereof. Although having been around alot of smokers, I can see how nicotine deprivation can lead to shortness of temper, irritability and potential explosions.  

As for road rage...got me there. I think the rise in road rage incidents is related to increased stress in everyday life, as well as lack of stress-relieving activities in most people's routines. I think if we all got more vacation time from our jobs and took a bit of exercise to boot, not only would we be in better shape, we'd be alot calmer!


User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

I think alcohol causes the majority of air rage, I dont think someone going without a ciggarette for awhile will make them hit people or go crazy, it will probably just make them tempted to go light up in the lav. I am a smoker and I average about a pack a day. When I fly I have no problem whatsoever, I just get kinda edgy towards the end of the flight because I am thinking about being able to smoke, whereas when the plane takes off I know I cant smoke so I just dont even think about it.

User currently offlineCp666 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1324 times:

I would agree that alcohol is the main factor with air rage, but I also think that alcohol intensifies the urge for the calming effect of nicotine.....booze minus cigs=snap!

User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

Most smokers I know light up 2 - 3 times as much when they're drinking; it's like cigarettes and booze go together. I used to smoke when I'd had a few, but decided that spending the next day hacking just wasn't worth it.

Adam84, you're pretty rare amongst smokers - most of the ones I know who smoke a pack a day light up every hour or so, even more often, and if they can't smoke for a couple hours, they start to get edgy. I guess I've always assumed most smokers are like that, hence the possible correlation of edginess with air rage. Just a thought.


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