SINGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13722 posts, RR: 20 Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2355 times:
Airbus A380: But why has it got ashtrays?
Yet they ignore its most endearingly peculiar feature – and one that, rather than marking the superjumbo out as the future of commercial aviation, seems rather to evoke the past.
This brand-new cutting-edge plane has been constructed with built-in ashtrays – and, for that matter, wholly redundant, always-illuminated no-smoking signs. When I asked a spokesman for Singapore Airlines, he confessed that even the company's CEO had been baffled as to what they were doing there.
The presence of ashtrays, he explained, is still – bizarrely – mandatory under one of the regulations of America's Federal Aviation Authority. If the A380 is the next step in the evolution of commercial travel, its ashtrays are its appendix; its coccyx; its vestigial tail.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9348 posts, RR: 12 Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2347 times:
It was explained to me that....if for some reason someone forgets and lights up they must have a safe and secure place to put the lite cigarette.....also if the plane for some reason is charted out.... they might allow smoking
[Edited 2008-03-21 07:41:06]
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