Targowski From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 127 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14241 times:
on a recent road trip, my sister insisted that airline pilots are still allowed to smoke cigarettes while perfoming their duties, obstensibly so that nicotine cravings do not interefere with the concentration needed to operate the airplane.
i find this contention rather absurd, though my sister lives in poland and perhaps the smoking rules in the EU are less strict here.
N702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14223 times:
Here we go...
Taken from FAR Sec. 121.317 - Passenger information requirements, smoking prohibitions, and additional seat belt requirements.
(g) No person may smoke while a "No Smoking" sign is lighted or while "No Smoking" placards are posted, except as follows:
(1) Supplemental operations. The pilot in command of an airplane engaged in a supplemental operation may authorize smoking on the flight deck (if it is physically separated from any passenger compartment), but not in any of the following situations:
(i) During airplane movement on the surface or during takeoff or landing;
(ii) During scheduled passenger-carrying public charter operations conducted under part 380 of this title; or
(iii) During any operation where smoking is prohibited by part 252 of this title or by international agreement.
(2) Certain intrastate domestic operations. Except during airplane movement on the surface or during takeoff or landing, a pilot in command of an airplane engaged in a domestic operation may authorize smoking on the flight deck (if it is physically separated from the passenger compartment) if --
(i) Smoking on the flight deck is not otherwise prohibited by part 252 of this title;
(ii) The flight is conducted entirely within the same State of the United States (a flight from one place in Hawaii to another place in Hawaii through the airspace over a place outside of Hawaii is not entirely within the same State); and
(iii) The airplane is either not turbojet-powered or the airplane is not capable of carrying at least 30 passengers
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 14062 times:
Last year i was travelling from Islamabad to Karachi on AirBlue.I went to visit the cockpit and being a smoker i was delighted when i was offered one in the sharp looking interior of the A320.If pilots do wish to smoke in the cockpit,then why not? It does'nt jeapordize the safety of the flight in anyway as long as they take the precautions that are required of them.Smoking was banned from planes for the comfort of non smoking pax,not safety concerns.Since cockpits are isolated environments within the plane,i see no problem with it.
Bahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1865 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13701 times:
Quoting KHI747 (Reply 4): Last year i was travelling from Islamabad to Karachi on AirBlue.I went to visit the cockpit and being a smoker i was delighted when i was offered one in the sharp looking interior of the A320.If pilots do wish to smoke in the cockpit,then why not? It does'nt jeapordize the safety of the flight in anyway as long as they take the precautions that are required of them.Smoking was banned from planes for the comfort of non smoking pax,not safety concerns.Since cockpits are isolated environments within the plane,i see no problem with it.
Could this be an AtlasJet aircraft? I hate smoking, as well as second hand. You can turn the fans on, get the air circulating, etc. but it still is really bad.
Unfortunately in some cultures it is ok to smoke in the cockpit while there is a smoking ban for the pax.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 13675 times:
Pilots smoke like there is no tomorrow, I had very few jumpseat flights when smoking wasn't alowed.
The best one was a jumpseat flight on some Russian airline... 1 cockpit, 4 persons (two pilots, my best friend, and myself), 5 boxes (more or less empty) of Marlboro Red, 3 hours flight time, all of us are smokers...... draw your own conclusion...
Brenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 13610 times:
Quoting Analog (Reply 7): How do cockpit smoke detectors handle smoking?
I was on an SAA flight HKG - JNB when a passenger lit up in the lavatory -- the smoke detectors didn't sound at all, my nose, however, did register the smell (I was in my seat at the time). I informed the cabin crew, who checked that the smoke detector hadn't been tampered with.
I'm tired of the A vs. B sniping. Neither make planes that shed wings randomly!
Baron52ta From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 13423 times:
Smoking prohibtion in the flight deck is decided by the governing agency of the country from which the aircraft originates. But then it is ignored or upheld by the operating crew since there is no one to tell on them.
HBJZA From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12849 times:
Smoking is actually also forbidden in the cockpit on any airline operating non smoking flights. However pilots do whatever they want in there once door is closed. Probably all pilots smoking in the Flight Deck are doing it in the company's back....
SapphireLHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 12327 times:
I distinctly remember reading in the Serendipity inflight magazine for Sri Lankan Airlines that all their flights were no smoking flights, EXCEPT for their Columbo to Tokyo flights. Why this should be different I have no idea and it may have changed by now.
Swissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1739 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 11745 times:
I do not understand the fuss about it, I am a smoker and I have no problem not to smoke on a flight, regardless if some of the crew members has a puff in the cockpit.......
Had many flights between ZRH-IST and I had a chance to talk with the crew and yes we had a puff.... in the cockpit.
Like I am all for smoking out side...... but some of these so called "healthier" living people here think smoking is the one and only reason people die of cancer... (ever studied some environment pollution lately?) of cores not because you would have to sue yourself......(for pollute my & your planet).
OV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 930 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 11408 times:
A friend told me how he was jumpseating an Enimex (small cargo carrier, used to do a lot of UN missions and support for the Paris-Dakar rally) An-72, and how three out of four crewmembers up front were more or less chain smokers.
In my opinion, a pilot will always be much more aware of the possible consequences of careless handling of the cigarette, whereas a passenger might not realise that it might result in an onboard fire. Thus, if it doesn't disturb vision, and doesn't mix with cabin air, I see no reason to ban pilots from smoking at their own discretion (apart from healthcare reasons).
FutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 11207 times:
No smoking is permitted in the US. AS gives you a nicotine test prior to getting hired. You must nicotine free for at least 6 months. That is why the smoking lounges in the terminals are generally filled with staff enjoying a smoke before they head on the next flight.
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