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When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:28 pm

I was wondering if airlines allowed cigar smoking when smoking used to be permitted? Googled it but nada.

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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:37 pm

No.. I don't think so. Pipes too were a no.
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:37 pm

I know that quite a few carriers banned pipe and cigar smoking, while permitting cigarette smoking. (Malaysia Airlines/MAS even banned a local product called "kretek"). Aer Lingus and SIA are two I can recall, in this category.
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:59 pm

IIRC, pipes were allowed at one time. A friend found that for a longish flight Amphora and some "medicinal" herb were great (and undetectable due to the sweet tobacco aroma) in the last few rows, especially up against those Speys on a BAC 1-11.

Watched him in Action on Allegheny in the early 70's.!

As smoking faded, pipes and cigars were banned, and then cigarettes.
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:01 pm

Quoting Gulfstream650 (Thread starter):
I was wondering if airlines allowed cigar smoking when smoking used to be permitted? Googled it but nada.
Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
No.. I don't think so. Pipes too were a no.

Some did. KLM and Sabena even handed out free cigars in first class.
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:13 pm

When I started flying in 1971 for National cigars were allowed along with pipes and cigarettes.
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:19 pm

Unless I'm getting completely senile, I recall reading something about an airline that had a special cigar lounge or something on that order. Am I maybe thinking of Mohawk's old "Gaslight" DC-3's that flew a series of flights from BOS to various upstate NY markets?
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:23 pm

Quoting Gulfstream650 (Thread starter):
I was wondering if airlines allowed cigar smoking when smoking used to be permitted?

Cigar smoking was allowed on the "Hindenberg". There was a special hydrogen proof smoking room.
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:43 pm

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 6):
Unless I'm getting completely senile, I recall reading something about an airline that had a special cigar lounge or something on that order. Am I maybe thinking of Mohawk's old "Gaslight" DC-3's that flew a series of flights from BOS to various upstate NY markets?

I believe I have heard about the same thing. I think there was an article about that in an issue of Airways magazine, but I am too lazy to try and look it up right now. I think I also read that United had a few "men only" flights on which complimentary cigars were provided. On a separate note, my uncle was once upgraded to first class on a Northwest flight to Europe and claims he ended up in the smoking section seated next to a passenger with a cigarette in one hand and a cigar in the other!
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:51 pm

Even as far back as the late 50s/early 60s Trans-Texas (later Texas Intl, now Continental) had a sign on their DC3s and Convairs that read "cigarette smoking only."
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:28 pm

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 6):
Am I maybe thinking of Mohawk's old "Gaslight" DC-3's that flew a series of flights from BOS to various upstate NY markets?

Here is information about Mohawk's Gaslight Service from page 704 of the November 4, 1960 issue of Flight magazine:

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1960/1960%20-%202496.html

See the first news item that begins "I am obliged to a reader at Harvard" and includes a quote from the Herald Tribune about the Gaslight Service with "stewardesses" serving beer, cheese, and pretzels, and selling "good five cent cigars."
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:14 pm

United's "Men only" Caravelle flights between Newark and Chicago permitted cigars and pipes during the 1960's

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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:30 pm

Quoting jmbweeboy (Reply 11):
United's "Men only" Caravelle flights between Newark and Chicago permitted cigars and pipes during the 1960's

Photo of that UA Caravelle service, including a cigar and a pipe!




And a little earlier when DC-6s were used.

http://file.vintageadbrowser.com/l-eq3gc4yz1bu5j0.jpg
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:09 am

Viscount724 thank for the photo and the 'men only club' pamphlet - I love it. I like the list of 'extra' services. Those were the days when you got not only a decent meal, but slippers, toothpast and toothbrush, playing cards, etc.
I could never get used to people smoking in the back of the plane. The curtain did not really help and after a hop over the pond you smelled like hell. Funny how at 10K feet you would hear that you can start smoking and now that you can use your electronic devices...times have changed.
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:13 am

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
No.. I don't think so. Pipes too were a no.

I clearly remember a guy smoking a pipe when I was a kid. The smell was unbearable. This was either on Wardair or Air Canada.
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:29 am

I remember my Dad smoking cigars & pipes on all of our trans Atlantic flights in the 1960's and early 1970's. I remember once being in the middle seat on an IB DC-8 JFK-LPA with my Mom puffing her Pall Malls and my dad alternating between his disgusting cigars and pipes. That was when I decided that I would never smoke! And now I have lung cancer. Go figure!
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:49 am

Havana Cigars were available on Concorde in the late 70's /early 80's.
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:14 pm

According to this video not on LH !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcgj6Yiafs0
around 3:36
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:24 am

Hi,I was on OLYMPIC AIRWAYS in Mar,1984 on a flight from Athens(ATI) to the Island of Crete ,Heraklion(HER) a 707, and a man sparked up a cigar on that flight.
 
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:37 am

You can still smoke cigars today on Cubana.
I flew on a Cubana IL-62 from Cancun to Havana and there were a few folks smoking them inflight.
In fact, I had one too.  http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CubanaCigar.jpg
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RE: When Airlines Permitted Smoking - Cigars?

Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:58 am

In the 90's BA did not allow cigars, though I distinctly remember one flight where the chap behind me in the 'smoking' row wrapped roll up paper around one - everybody knew because of the smell but nobody said anything.

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