What an over reaction!

Despite the fact that smoking on aircraft has been banned for more than 15 years, the three Canadian passengers, who were on a Sunwing flight, defied the rules.

According to the Sun News Network, acting inspector Paul Simons told United Press International: "It appeared to be a father, a mother and a son. The parents appear to be in their 50s. The son, I believe, is around 22 or so."

Oh dear! Naughty smokers lighting up on a plane. That won't have gone down well, I bet there were police waiting to arrest them when they got off the plane. I bet...

Hang on...
After refusing to stub their cigarettes out, their flight from Halifax to the Dominican Republic had to make an unscheduled stop in Bermuda on Friday.
The family has been ordered to stay in Bermuda, and their passports and travel documents have been seized by police.
The other plane passengers were put up in a hotel and continued their journey on Saturday.

They landed the plane, cancelled the remainder of the flight and put the other passengers up in a hotel until the following day.

They did all this because someone was smoking. I bet they had finished their fags long before the plane touched down.

The war on smokers. The new war on terror.


Woodsy42 said...

It's possible that these people have found a way to fight smoking bans.
When such bans inconvenience numbers of ordinary people, as this did, rather than simply targetting smokers and publicans more people will start to take notice.
I wonder what would happen if -for example - at a preset time and date groups of people all lit up on London buses? Could the entire transport system be shut down?

prog said...

A discussion re air plane smoking bans here..


Had a brief look and found an interesting comment by an anti

'....But I do remember hearing that the mechanics hated to see smoking stopped. The stories I heard was that the smoke/tar/nicotine from all the smoking would "highlight" stress cracks and helped them replace stuff before it became a serious problem. I don't know this for fact, but that is what I've heard over the years....'

Furor Teutonicus said...

xX The family has been ordered to stay in Bermuda,XX

O WHAT a fucking SHAME!!!

Wish someone would make ME that kind of offer.

Bucko The Moose said...

Woodsy - Love the idea, Trouble is we're often dealing with sheep.

I bet most people on that plane blamed the smokers rather than the over reaction from the authorities.

Bucko The Moose said...

I don't know Prog, sounds a bit fishy to me. Nicotine doesn't show up the stress cracks in my house :-)

Bucko The Moose said...

FT - book a cheap flight from Shitsvill to Outer Mingistan.

As you're flying over the Costa Del Sunshine, light a fag

nisakiman said...

Last smoking flight I was on was in about 1998. Aeroflot (never again) LHR - BKK via Moscow. I was reading their in-flight magazine, and they were saying that the following year they would be going "smoke-free". I remember saying to my eldest daughter who was with me that they probably would see a big drop in custom, as everyone in the smoking section only used Aeroflot because it was one of the last airlines that permitted smoking. They certainly didn't choose it for the service!

The airlines love the smoking ban because it saves them lots of money. With no smell of smoke, they can recycle air rather than introduce fresh, which uses more fuel.

At first only fresh air was taken from the engines. But as jets have become more fuel-efficient, air bled from the engine has been mixed with recycled air from the cabin. This is because the big fans mounted on modern “high bypass” jet engines achieve thrust more efficiently by sending a larger volume of air around the turbine rather than through it. With less air available in the compressor, any that is bled off means the turbine has to work harder, which in turn increases fuel consumption. Typically an airline will strike a balance by using a 50:50 mixture of fresh and recirculated cabin air, although pilots can reduce the amount of fresh air to save fuel. Some are thought to cut it back to only 20%.

So when you feel like shit after a flight, it's because of the smoking ban. You've been breathing other people's second-hand breath for hours. Because they can get away with it now.

Leg-iron said...

This should be made into a terrible movie.

'Smokes on a plane'.

Bucko The Moose said...

Nisakiman - I didn't know there was a science behind it :-)

Bucko The Moose said...

Leg-Iron - Have to do it before smoking is banned in films.