Smokers pay the price - even when they are a mile high

Smokers pay the price – even when they are a mile high

No matter where they are, smokers are being hounded. That’s the way they must feel anyway, after the news that people taking a quick gasp in airline toilets are the bulk of those rounded up by aviation authorities this year for “infringing the law”.
Indeed two Portuguese passengers were each fined €3,500 for their misdemeanours (perhaps they were chain-smoking?) while 42 others were fined between €2,000 and €3,500.
Contrary to the connotation behind the “mile-high club”, no one appears to have been found having sex in an aircraft toilet – though six people were cited for “the ingestion of prohibited alcoholic drinks”; three for using their mobile phones and one for being so drunk that he refused to sit down for his flight’s landing.
The incidents have all been published by the national institute for civil aviation.