No doors on the smoking room at SLC

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  1. hulagrrl210
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    I'm waiting for a flight at SLC and couldn't help but notice there is no door on the smoking room which is located right next to about 7 gates in the C terminal. It absolutely stinks in here! I'm also pregnant and suffer from allergies and I have one of the worst headaches of my life right now! This absolutely sucks. I'm new to Delta and haven't been to this airport since I was a kid- but this is a deal killer for me. I won't return to this airport (or this airline since this is a hub). I also plan on writing a scathing letter to the airport authority about this. Its 2011! I shouldn't have to suffer from someone else's second hand smoke in a public place like this! Completely unacceptable! *end rant
     
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    I have to admit, considering how even CLT, in the heart of tobacco country, is completely smoke free I was surprised to see smoking areas in SLC.
     
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    I'm shocked, partly because I would have expected Utah to be one of our more strident anti-smoking states and few airports permit indoor or airside smoking any more. Could the lack of a door be a maintenance issue? (I hope.)
     
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    Nope - it's not a maintenance issue in SLC. CVG is the same way (in the B Concourse) with the non-enclosed smoking areas.

    The only other airports that jump out at me (for larger ones) that have smoking areas still are IAD, ATL and TPA (which is an outdoor patio). LAX used to have one in Terminal 6 until maybe 2 years ago.

    CLT lost theirs when North Carolina went smoke-free as of 1/1/11. Though I believe it was limited to only an enclosed area in the C/D US Airways Club due to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Regulation.
     
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    You have to remember that Utah is a haven for those that hate regulations. They threw out a Conservative Senator last year because he wasn't conservative enough. Now they have their sights set on denying Orrin Hatch re-election. Libertarian world. "We don't need to have smoke free areas--this is Utah"
     
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    Yes, but I also think of them as the clean-living bunch, avoiding anything that could vaguely be considered a drug.
     
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    MSP used to have a smoking room in the F/G SC, where the conference rooms used to be pre-DL renovation.

    FRA still has glassed in smoking boxes at intervals in the terminal.

    SIN allows smoking on airside outdoor decks, such as their otherwise wonderful cactus and sunflower gardens, great for plane spotting. I can't remember whether one can smoke among the butterflies in T3.

    I've been in Chinese airport lounges (I would guess especially PVG) that have small smoking lounges with doors, but the smoking passengers insist on propping open the door between the smoking room--really a big dark cloud--and the rest of the lounge.

    NRT must have smoking areas in the terminal, but I can't remember them. The outdoor observation deck upstairs (landside) near food outlets after Terminal 1 check in is terrible and littered with cigarette butts.

    Smoking in CDG Terminal 2 baggage claim areas seems to be tolerated.

    IIRC AMS allows smoking throughout the casino and has smoking areas scattered around the terminal.
     
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    Yeah. C/D kept a smoking area for about 8-9 months, but has been non-smoking for over a year now. only smoking areas are out in front.
     
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    That's all very well and groovy and I'm as supportive of this as the next militiaman, but really, why take the door off???
     
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    At first I thought it was a maintenance issue too, but there were no hinges on the doorframe, just little retractable rope things to close the area off...maybe it's about time to close it off for good. But seriously, why no door? That seems like the least they could do if they are going to allow smoking in their airport.
     
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    STR has one or two small glass enclosed smoking areas with small, open doors to access the area. It is still really stinky when walking past...YUCK!
     
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    The last time I checked, Delta has no ownership in the SLC airport. :)
     
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    DEN also has a smoking lounge, which is fully enclosed ^
     
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    This would not be the first time we've diverted or been off topic. :D
     
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    I love the rocking chairs at CLT. If only they had roaming waiters who would serve you mint juleps.

    I remember when I was little and they converted a gate at SFO into a glassed-in smoking lounge. I'd walk up to the window and stare through like I was watching some animals at the zoo.
     
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    it used to be true at least 5 years ago, but i did not spot anyone (including myself) smoking in the baggage claim area for a while
     
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    i was also surprised to see that smoking area in SLC did not have doors and as far as i remember it's one of the only places where i've seen that
     
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    They are. They were one of the first places in the country to ban smoking in restaurants (I'm not sure if that was all of Utah, or just Salt Lake City, but I remember seeing a restaurant smoking ban there at least five years before I saw one anywhere else in the country).
     
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    This sounds vaguely familiar to me, although it might be easier to ban smoking in a place where many people go to bars much less than in most other cities/states.
     
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    I absolutely think this has to do with Delta. SLC is their hub and the smoking area in question is right in the middle of their gates! While they might not have ownership in the airport, they undoubtedly have influence there.

    For the record I've been to FRA (back when they used to let people smoke in the open in the cafes near duty free) and I remember the walking past the smoking area at SFO when I was a kid- this was WAY WORSE! There was inadequate ventilation, and really nowhere to go to escape from it.
     
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    So why allow smoking at a Delta hub?

    Here's a pic I got my husband to take of the smoking area we're talking about...
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    As SLC is my home airport (and I'm not sure if any other MP members claim this), I felt like I should at least chime in here. I've flown in and out of SLC more times than I can count, but have never really had unpleasant encounters with the smoking lounges. That said, in all this time I've been lucky to never have to sit in gate adjacent to a smoking lounge. I too have wondered about the lack of doors, but just assumed the ventilation was high-powered enough not allowing smoke to escape the room. Apparently this is an incorrect assumption, so there should be doors, and I have no idea why they wouldn't. However, door or no door, everyone who comes out of that room will smell like smoke and spread the smell around to nearby areas. The only way to eliminate this would be to shut down the lounges of which I am a proponent.

    The existence of the lounges are somewhat strange to me considering the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act forbids smoking in all public indoor areas except at the airport. I imagine the lounges were built to "improve" the welcoming perception of the city and state to visitors from other places. I guess nothing says "Welcome to Utah" for your two-hour layover like running outside in 0-degree weather for smoke. Who knows?

    Considering a large amount of Utah residents dislike smoking, I'm somewhat surprised nothing has been done to close the lounges. If you have ever seen the convoluted alcohol laws here, you may be surprised as well.
    However, one thing that I've come to learn after living in Utah for a few years is that changing laws is like pulling teeth. The state government is generally filled with legislators that don't like change, for better or worse, especially if it restricts personal "rights."

    Many times I've thought to my self, why don't we have a law about this or that. My wife then reminds me that this state would never pass a law like that. I know the former SLC mayor tried hard to get the lounges closed down, but met opposition in the legislature especially when he wanted to push other issues. Sometimes the pursuit of progression here is like hitting a brick wall.

    But golly, a damn door wouldn't hurt anyone.:rolleyes:
     
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