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Ashtrays In Aircraft: The Appendix Of Air Travel  
User currently offlineSINGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3790 times:

Airbus A380: But why has it got ashtrays?
Sam Leith

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.

More at The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom)

The reporter Sam Leith was on board the inaugural commercial Airbus A380 flight from Singapore to London operated by Singapore Airlines Limited - First To Fly A380.

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3782 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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