Flight diverts after 'unruly' smoker battles FA

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  1. rwoman
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    The guy is lucky he only got arrested didn't start a fight and/or get his a$$ kicked by other passengers. A lot of people out there, myself included, would not be very cool with someone just lighting up a cigarette on a plane like that.
     
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    If I saw any passenger "assault" a crew member in any way physically or verbally you better believe I will do or say something to them...
     
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    No longer will passengers just sit idly by and allow this type of behavior...I for one would have confronted this SOB and taken him out...
     
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    What nerve some people have! He should be banned from flying somehow. He inconvenienced all of the other passengers and probably cost the airline a bit of $ too for his actions.
    Why should others have to breathe in his disgusting smoke. He didn't even try to hide it by going into the bathroom.
     
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    Whoops, wrong thread, didn't properly werify the details.
     
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    Penalties/fines should include, at a minimum, the cost of a landing and take-off (fuel and landing fees) and the extra two hours of flight crew salaries.

    Wonder what the idiot's blood alcohol content was........
     
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    The pax is a <being kind> moron and deserves everything he gets. I mean really-I'm a smoker and if I can go without a smoke on a transcon or a TATL flight......
     
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    I am an ex-smoker. While I know how they feel, I really don't want to be around current smokers. It's amazing how much smoke bothers me now that it is someone else's.

    That said, I wonder what the law/regulations are regarding the new odorless, fireless, electric vapor cigarettes. It seems that they should be just fine for use on airplanes as long as the captain has allowed electronic gadgets to be used during most of the flight.

    I know that they would have kept me sane during my old chain smoking days, yet they pose no harm or inconvenience to anyone else on board. Has anyone heard anything about this?
     
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    I've been told e-cigs are not allowed.
     
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    Most recent article I found is

    http://articles.cnn.com/2011-09-15/...cigarettes-patch-or-nicotine-gum?_s=PM:TRAVEL
     
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    Wow... Looking back, it's hard to believe that smoking was ever allowed on airplanes. Society was once accepting of the odor, but bringing fire into that environment? What were they (we) thinking?

    I'm equally incredulous, however, that anyone would have an issue with an e-cig. It is kind of laughable that a person who "looks like" they are smoking is villainized as if they were actually doing so. This is one very slippery slope we are on.
     
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  15. IME, it depends on the crew. I have overhead people asking for permission to use an electronic cigarette on multiple intercontinental flights, and the answers have varied from a clear "No" to a tentative "Yes", with the typical one being "I will have to ask the pilot". It looks like there is no clear guideline at the moment.
     
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    As we were preparing for landing in SEA this AM we had a gentleman light up a cigeratte on our flight. He promptly put it out but the smell of smoke was in the cabin for awhile.
     
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    It is a nicotine delivery device. You can't subject others to that.

    There should be no need to ask the pilot as they have already been outlawed.
     
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    Now that I think about it, why did the guy get a lighter or matches onto the flight???
     
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    The lighter ban ended about 4 years ago or so and matches (even during the lighter ban) have always been allowed on flights
     
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    Oh wow... I had no clue since I am not a smoker & have no need for either. I always assumed they were not allowed.
     
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    You never know when you might be someplace where you need to light a grill for steaks or seafood. :D
     
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    Or give someone a hotfoot ;) :D
     
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    Just wanted to confirm that I do not like that person lighting up but appreciate the story.
     
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    So do you believe that nicotine patches and gum should be viewed the same? Those, like ecigs, are nicotine delivery devices, although none of these three produce any offensive odor or contamination of anyone other than their user.
     
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    I think it's tacky when people especially on these intra-Texas flights chew tobacco and spit it into a cup or an empty water bottle... I tell them flat out that it's nasty and we can smell it.
     
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