The no smoking signs are ubiquitous, but so are the ashtrays (by U.S. federal law). So what happens when someone just decides ignore the signs and light up?
In India, a smoker refused to extinguish cigarette on a recent flight, forcing his ejection and an extended delay for the other passengers onboard.
Vistara flight 707 was traveling from New Delhi (DEL) to Kolkata (CCU). As the aircraft prepared for departure, a male passenger decided to pull out a cigarette and light it up. The flight attendants did not freak out or even start yelling. They simply instructed the man to immediately extinguish it.
But he refused.
Next, the captain issued him a warning letter to stop smoking. Seriously? Apparently, so…
But he still refused.
Thus, the captain was forced to return to the gate and deplane the offending passenger.
A spokesperson for Vistara told the New Indian Express:
We had an unruly passenger who insisted on smoking on board. He was issued a warning letter by the captain and later offloaded when he denied to comply with air safety rules. Vistara regrets the delay.
I just thought the warning letter merited a post of its own. In the USA, a smoker probably would be tackled by fellow passengers and dragged off a plane by airport police. A bit more dramatic than a warning letter…
Ironically, the flight was delayed again when it finally pushed back from the gate. A passenger demanded to be offloaded due to a “personal emergency.”
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