Sunday, April 21, 2013

WATCH: Shocking video of passenger smoking on flight, despite warnings


Passenger filmed breaking the no-smoking rule on MEA flight
Passenger breaks the no-smoking rule on MEA flight
Most airline passengers are aware that smoking on flights is a big no-no… after all, it’s been quite a while since people were allowed to light-up their cigarettes in the middle of a flight.

However, that didn’t stop a female passenger from puffing away (to the shock of her fellow passengers) during a recent Middle East Airlines (MEA) flight.

The incident was filmed by a fellow passenger, with the footage showing a member of the Lebanese airline’s cabin crew approaching the passenger and asking her to stop smoking.

How did the passenger respond? “People are not obliged [to breathe in the smoke]. I am being very calm with you… please put out the cigarette.”

It seems the woman was not in the mood to listen, even with a warning that the air hostess would inform the captain.

“Go call him. Go call everyone and come here,” the passenger responded while continuing to smoke.

You can watch the video below… unsurprisingly, its already been picked up by the media and has attracted a large number of views online.



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According to reports, the captain was informed about the incident and the woman was greeted by police once the flight arrived at the airport.

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37 comments :

  1. She should be penalised big time, only then people like this will understand.

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    1. Your comment doesn't surprise me since you "penalised" Arab women just for giving birth to their own. Unfortunately,this happens more often than not...Usually it s men who fail to comply with the regulations on board an aircraft. There is no smoking on a flight period. A nice big fine will do.

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    2. wow asshole we were short one racist in the group not all arabs or muslims are oppressing women thats one "fact" u got out of stereotypes 101 and wheres the graph that shows that violators of the aviational smoking ban are mostly male again ,my sexist friend stereotyping To come to my actual post IT IS RIDICOULOS THAT ANY ONE CARES ABOUT THESE PEOPLE CMON STOP ACTING SURPRISED AND OFFFENDED THEYRE JUST SMOKING ON A PLANE YOU GET MORE AIR POLLUTION THROUGH THE TURBINES RESEARCH IT

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  2. Are you serious??? I think the passengers should have said something... I would take the cigarette out of her hand!

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  3. Perfect time for a blast from a fire extinguisher.

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    1. hahahaha ok this one is good!

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  4. Forbidden to fly the rest of her entire remaining life after being sentenced and punished severely.
    Her fully identidy must be broadcasted in every medias for one month with a reminder 3 times a day minimum and black listed by every single airliners in the world.
    But 1st of all, the wiley's suggestion should be applied....UNTIL THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER IS FULLY EMPTIED.....

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  5. Glass of water would've fixed the problem!

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  6. I would have used a fire extinguisher on her.

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    1. oh you are smart! You obviously don't know the content of a fire extinguisher.

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  7. Ridiculous! I wonder how the smoking accessories got through?

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    1. Henning HeinemannApril 23, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Shashikala, "Amazing how the smoking accessories got through" Huh? There's no restriction on carrying a pack of smokes and a lighter.

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    2. I don't think that cigarettes and lighter are allowed in flights ex-UAE.

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    3. Henning HeinemannApril 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      I fly all over the world with them, including into and out of Dubai.

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    4. Cigarettes yes, but lighters no way are they allowed.

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    5. Henning HeinemannApril 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Bic lighters make it through everywhere, I promise, then there are always matches.

      As for cabin crew going to the captain first, you bet, before any conflict is started, they have to be in the loop as they carry the responsibility for everything with regards to the flight.

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    6. Henning: in my opinion if you belong to the aviation sector you may practice what you preach, if this is the case, change your preach because it's wrong what you are stating. Help the sector with positive actions.

      That woman was breaking the rules. She was before everything a customer, the social/commercial reason of an airline transporter. The crew assistant did right, she stated with authority. If after so, passenger disobey, she can't go further, just warn commander about situation.

      I'm sure that woman was arrested when airplane landed, and the worst is that she at this moment might be banned to fly in any other airline in the region whatsoever, if she was no going back home she is going to have a hard time to return.

      About turn off cigarette with an fire extinguisher, that's just......no comment!

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    7. Henning HeinemannApril 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      I never said she was right or supported her in what she did, just pointed out that I and tens of thousands every day carry smokes and a lighter on flights, that doesn't mean we light up and her actions should not impinge on our ability to do so.

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  8. Juditha-Jade ParkinsonApril 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    She's inconsiderate, scandalous and hysterical the way she responded to the cabin crew. I don't know if the guy on her left side is a family member... If he is and he did not tell her to stop smoking, he is as worse as her.

    By smoking in the airplane, she broke the rules. I would really love to know what happened after she landed in the airport.

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  9. This passenger is absolutely disgraceful!

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  10. Wow, what an outrage! I would have certainly said something to this woman before the flight attendant. Smoking has been an unacceptable practice on aircraft for a very long time and since this woman chose to violate this rule, she should be severely punished.

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  11. She is totally ignorant and disgraceful, I wish she could read the comments about her.

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  12. Disgusting! How could one be so arrogant, so defiant especially when it's a lady who, in all my supposition,should be more sensible even if she's an addict.

    She continued smoking unashamed even after the warning! and what about the cabin crew? was there no other means to force her to stop smoking? Does one have to always run to the captain for all such things?

    Also, what about the fellow passengers? They looked like unaffected onlookers! Have they helped creating an awareness?

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  13. It's possible there were an emergency circumstances forced this woman to smoke.

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  14. Chaudhry Abdul ShakoorApril 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I hope the airline handed her over to the authorities on landing!

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  15. Syed Atique HyderApril 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Sometime back smoking was very common on the flights, then we changed to smoking & non smoking zones. I remember well many of angry passengers for not getting seats allocated in smoking zone specially front end.

    Secondly this passenger is an old lady, not all but mostly ladies at this age are quite stubborn. However all societies, all nations, all cultures or all religions do not appreciate smoking.

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  16. TOTALLY SICK..NO CLASS..SHOULD HAVE EJECTED AT 39.5 THOUGH WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF PX AND CREW!!

    MAYBE WE NEED SOME SORT OF SCREENING PROCEDURE...WHO KNOWS!!!

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  17. Depending on the company policy, issues such as this can be handle by the crew tactically by using the PA and make a toughing announcement about the safety of all on-board the flight. I did it and it works as the passengers next to the passenger trying to smoke grab the cigarette and lighter.

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  18. I am a pilot and if she were flying on my plane and did that I would land at the closest airport and throw the bitch off just my opinion...:o)

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  19. This is shocking news and what steps were taken after this incident.

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  20. You are all so ignorant, next time just call a male flight attendant and she will put it out, same shit goes for those very old people of the third age, particularly the ones that come from countries of war,communist countries and those men and women that survived the Hitler regime. That is how they think, in their minds they have had to answer to some form of male figure oppression all their lives and now they are tired of it,frustrated and they refuse to follow orders from a younger woman. That's all okay that is life, men made laws and rules to oppress women and women are sick and tired of it. It is just too bad she took it out on another woman!

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  21. What is her name, so i can start a fanpage ?

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  22. I think that people like her should have the full book of the law thrown at them! First the Captain should declare smoke/fire in the cabin, blast the woman with fire extinguisher, and call for an immediate diversion to the nearest airport with full emergency response, deploy slides, etc. Basically employ all available airport resources for this emergency and put all the passengers in a five star hotel for the night and rebook them all in business and first class. The woman's punishment should then be to foot the bill for the entire cost of the operation. Then once these people realize how expensive that cigarette will become, they might think twice about ever trying it and thinking it's no big deal.

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  23. whats the problem here,if she wants to smoke than thats her choise ,not somebody else.

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  24. I don't know what the fuss is all about. She might have medical reasons. There are worse
    Things in this world ie rape mugging breaking murder so why not do more about theses
    Than wast our police force.

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  25. Anonymous - she has a choice to obey the conditions of flight or suffer the consequences. Therer should have been an unscheduled stop and she was made to pay the costs. Noone wants smoke of any kind on a plane these days with all the known dangers.

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  26. Bring back smoking and non-smoking sections and turn up the air con!!

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