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Family Who Smoked on Plane & Caused Emergency Landing Didn't Care If Others Got Sick

by Maressa Brown on February 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

no smoking plane signI get that when you're a smoker, you're addicted to cigarettes. The addiction has more control over you than you have over it. But still, there are certain moments that call for a little something called self-control. Like when you're onboard an airplane, for instance. But apparently, some people still can't help themselves. Today, a Canadian airline reports that a plane headed for the Dominican Republic from Halifax had to make an emergency landing in Bermuda, because a family was smoking in their seats! I KNOW!

It was a 52-year-old mother, 52-year-old father, and 22-year-old son brigade who had lit up, refused to tell the crew where they had stashed their cigarette butts, and actually at one point became "verbally abusive." SO insane!

It's not only appalling that the family was so selfish and belligerent in regard to a clearly OUTLAWED behavior that they somehow thought was okay. (Did they come from a connecting time machine flight direct from the year 1962?) But there are serious, legit reasons why smoking was banned on airplanes in the first place!

Hello, we all know there are major health implications of smoking onboard an aircraft -- aka a confined metal tube with pressurized air and hundreds of people (180 on this plane, actually) inside with you. Before the smoking ban was passed in the late '80s (can you believe it was legal up 'til then?!), consumer and health groups, the Surgeon General of the United States, and the National Academy of Sciences all warned about the dangers of second-hand smoke in an enclosure like an airline cabin. It's not exactly rocket science! (Geeze, I can't even stand when I'm forced to stand next to a smoker at a crosswalk or walk behind one on a city sidewalk.)

Thankfully, the Bermuda Police Service says the smokers were arrested after the plane landed. They were later released on bail. But meanwhile, the plane's 180 passengers and crew had to stay in a hotel overnight and resume its journey the next morning. Wow. All that for a smoke break in the skies. Crazy.


What in the world do you think these people were thinking?! Are you glad the smoking ban exists on planes?


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  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    February 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM
    I don't smoke, but from I understand, to get second hand smoke you have to live or e around smoke ALL the time. I don't you will get it, standing behind someone for two minutes
  • Joshua
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    Joshua

    February 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM
    To get second hand smoke, you just have to breath in second hand smoke. I assume you meant talk to the health implications of second hand smoking, not simply the act of breathing in said smoke. Maressa didn't claim the health implications of standing next to a smoker were on the same level as being forced to breath it inside a pressurized, enclosed cabin. The pilot and crew definitely made the right decision to land the plane early, and those people absolutely deserved to be arrested. I'm all for people making their own decisions about their own body; but only up until those decisions negatively affect the people around them.
  • doodledo
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    doodledo

    February 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM
    I am a former smoker. I remember smoking on planes, on buses, in restaurants and my high school even had a smoking section for students. After smoking for 20 years I finally quit. And now nothing annoys me more than people smoking around, just the stench that the cigs leave on people makes me sick, driving behind a person smoking in their car makes me gag. I just cant tolerate the horrible smell. I cant believe I smoked for so long...so gross and obnoxious. I was always a bit embarassed to be a smoker and I admit I think smoking is gross and trashy.
  • Mom2f...
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    Mom2fourlove

    February 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM
    F'in idiots!! I'm ashamed to say they were coming from my city. Like you really can't wait??
  • John...
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    John Olesen

    February 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM
    A video of more aircraft landings. Planes landing http://youtu.be/cOr5dbq916s
  • jalaz77
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    jalaz77

    February 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM
    What assholes. Ban them from flying ever again. Teach them a lesson. God forbid they follow the rules.
  • Errol...
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    Errol E. Povah

    February 5, 2013 at 1:49 AM
    With all due respect, Maressa, I must correct the very first sentence of your story about the idiots responsible for diverting a jet: CIGARETTES ARE NOT ADDICTIVE! ALSO, SMOKING IS NOT ADDICTIVE! NICOTINE IS THE MOST ADDICTIVE DRUG KNOWN, BUT NEITHER 'CIGARETTES' NOR 'SMOKING', PER SE, ARE ADDICTIVE! A CIGARETTE is nothing more than a DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM and the act of smoking is a "HABIT"...of varying intensities (from mild to powerful) from one smoker to another. That family of smokers screwed up, big time! And intentionally, with little or no remorse (i.e., the oldest son pleading Not Guilty). The Captain of that flight made the absolute correct decision, Sunwing management is supporting that decision (despite the horrendous costs incurred by the airline) and the smokers must be held accountable for their actions when they return to Canada! I strongly believe some serious jail time is in order...and they can get lots of practise using NRTs there! And I hope some of their fellow passengers sue them too. Bottom line: With literally dozens of NRTs (nicotine replacement therapies) now on the market, there is no justification whatsoever for smoking in any public place, workplace, multi-unit dwelling (apartments, condos, townhomes, etc.) or aircraft, INSIDE OR OUT! Errol E. Povah President, Airspace Action on Smoking and Health Box 18004, 1215c 56th St. Delta, B.C. CANADA V4L 2M4 604 930-4832
  • Melan...
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    MelanieJK

    February 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Didn't we just read about a study last week that said as long as you quit smoking by the time you're 40,  you're find?    Wouldn't that apply to second hand smoke too?     If so,  one flight isn't going to harm most (unless you have certain illnesses/alergies etc.). 

    Regulations need to be followed.    It's one thing to sneak around them,   it's something else entirely to become abusive when you get caught.    They should be required to pay for all the excess expenses they caused.


  • Dee
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    Dee

    February 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM
    I was a pack a day smoker when I traveled to Europe repeatedly on as long as 15 hour flights. I would smoke like 4 before boarding then put on a patch. It was for me the worst part of flying but you have to deal with it properly
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    Darin C. Schella

    February 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM
    I thought for sure that they would be Americans.
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