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!