Good news for non-smokers: Flight attendants are cracking down on brazen and foolish travelers who think it’s okay to smoke … on an airplane.

Two recent incidents show that a sure way to get kicked off an airplane is to light up while on board.
These offenders are obviously not the sharpest knives in the drawer because they should know better. Unfortunately, they learned the hard way.

The first incident happened on Delta Air Lines. In the video, you can hear a female flight attendant say, “He’s smoking in the bathroom,” while another says, “I already told him (the pilot). He’s going back to the gate.”

A male flight attendant knocks on the door and says, “Excuse me sir, what were you doing in there?” The video then pipes in (no pun intended) “Because I Got High” by Afroman as the background music, which is really quite funny and fitting.

The male passenger, who I’m guessing is in his thirties, is seen wearing a Braves hat and was quite calm. Whatever he says is inaudible but the flight attendant rebuts with, “No you weren’t,” and then goes on to say, “You’re not allowed to smoke on an airplane. Do you understand that’s an issue? So now we’re going back to the gate, okay? The video ends there.

The second video, embedded below, happened on another Delta Air Lines flight but this time, the offender was a woman vaping in her seat.

@tipsytalkHow to get booted off a plane♬ original sound – TipsyTalk

The female passenger, who was sitting in an exit row next to another woman (it appears they weren’t together) takes a puff of her e-cigarette during boarding and blows a huge cloud. It looks like smoke but is actually, according to the Cleveland Clinic, “an aerosol (or mist) that contains small particles of nicotine, metal and other harmful substances”. She does it just when a flight attendant from behind walks by and he says, “You can’t do that.”

The busted passenger says, “I apologize. I didn’t mean to do that. I will never vape again.” Sure she didn’t mean to do it. 

Funnily enough, the girl who was sitting beside her posted a response video saying that she was indeed texting her friends about the incident (as surmised by commenters on the first video) and that the girl did get kicked off the plane.

@ansleyteteak #duet with @Barstool Sports #greenscreen ♬ original sound – TipsyTalk

According to Delta’s smoking policy on their website, “Battery-powered electronic smoking devices, such as “e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems,” can be brought as carry-on items only. They may be carried by passengers or crew members and are for personal use only. Using or recharging the device while on board the aircraft is not permitted.”

Delta also addresses marijuana on the same page, “Although Delta Air Lines is aware of various state laws that allow recreational or medical marijuana possession, the TSA has stated that possession of marijuana, even medical marijuana, is illegal under federal law and that it will refer passengers traveling with marijuana to law enforcement authorities. Accordingly, Delta Air Lines does not allow passengers to transport marijuana on our flights.”

These two videos illustrate foolish passenger behavior for a number of reasons. First, who wants to be the person responsible for making the plane return to the gate and delaying the flight? Plus, getting caught smoking or vaping on a plane is not only going to get you kicked off an aircraft, but you will most likely get arrested, have a record and be banned from the airline. You will also likely lose the value of your ticket and have to buy a new one on another airline to get to where you’re going.

On top of that, it’s embarrassing. The video of the woman vaping was viewed more than 33 million times (at the time of publication) and there may be social and economic fallout from doing something illegal, like losing your job. In this day and age of social media, you have to behave like someone is watching you 24/7 with video, so act appropriately.

And lastly, for those who say that vaping is no big deal, according to the Cleveland Clinic, regarding second-hand exposure: “Vaping doesn’t make smoke, but people around you are exposed to nicotine and other chemicals when you vape.”


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