Somebody just lit up a cigarette on our flight like it was 1954.— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) January 29, 2019
They’re probably gonna be arrested when we land huh?— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) January 30, 2019
Flight attendant sat down next to him before we landed and told him she felt like it was just a mental lapse and said she wouldn’t have the police waiting on him. pic.twitter.com/c4xpWQwZy7— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) January 30, 2019
And yes he was...— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) January 30, 2019
Smoking has been banned on U.S. flights since 1988, but was limited to domestic flights under two hours.
By 1990, smoking was banned on domestic flights six hours or less.
By 2000, smoking was banned on all flights.
Electronic cigarettes are also banned.
If caught smoking you can be fined (up to 25k) and arrested, but a USA Today investigation found that the FAA "rarely wields hefty penalty hammer."
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