Angered by a long ground delay upon arrival in Florida, a woman lit up a cigarette in her seat, refused to extinguish it, and instead began blowing smoke into the face of her seatmate.
Annoyed Over Delay, Woman Smokes On Spirit Airlines
There are few things more annoying than landing at your destination only to have to sit on the plane and wait due to congestion on the ground or the gate being occupied. For smokers in need of a puff, this is an even more pressing problem.
After a Spirit Airlines flight from Detroit (DTW) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) landed on Tuesday, it spent nearly an hour on the ground while waiting for a gate.
This was too much for one passenger, who proceeded to pull out a cigarette, light it up, and start smoking.
A passenger seated behind her, who suffers from asthma, protested. She responded by blowing smoke in his face. Flight attendants were altered and told her to stop, but she refused, finishing her cigarette. The butt of her cigarette, however, was collected and held as evidence.
Police were called and met the aircraft at the gate. By that time, the woman had fallen asleep (or was at least feigning slumber). Police shook her awake, then escorted her off the aircraft to the cheers of her fellow passengers.
This is not the first such incident on Spirit Airlines. In 2019, a man was busted for smoking on a fight to Minneapolis. He claimed he had “forgotten” that he could not smoke onboard.
Spirit Airlines confirmed the incident took place:
“When Flight 845 from Detroit was taxiing to the gate in Fort Lauderdale, a passenger inexplicably decided to light a cigarette in violation of federal law. Flight attendants noticed the odor and the other guests were quick to point out who was responsible and hand over what remained of the extinguished cigarette. Our crew summoned law enforcement officers to have them waiting at the gate to remove the passenger.”
I’m gong to assume this woman was not wearing a mask while she was smoking, so that’s another strike against her.
Have you ever wondered why new airplanes still have ashtrays on lavatory doors? It is precisely for this reason.
Look, I understand the frustration over a long taxi to the gate, especially for a smoker needing a nicotine fix, but it has been 30 years since you could smoke on domestic U.S. flights. There is simply no excuse for her conduct and I hope she now receives a huge fine to serve as a deterrent for others who may contemplate similar action.