- Backlash April 15
An Air Canada passenger is angry at the airline for supposedly doing nothing to stop a man from "vaping" his electronic cigarette on a Toronto-bound flight two weeks ago. Elizabeth Cole told CBC News she noticed a man smoking the e-cig in spite of the airline's rules while waiting to board her flight in Calgary. She said she figured the crew would tell him to stop after take-off, but they didn't.
"I don't understand how flight attendants did not see him," she said, adding that the man didn't bother to hide the e-cig when the crew walked by. While e-cig makers claim the vapor won't set off the plane's smoke alarms, it is up to each of Canada's airlines to decide on an e-cigarette policy (Air Canada says it has banned them). Meanwhile, smoking e-cigs on American planes has been banned since 2011.
Cole said she and other passengers approached the crew after the flight to express their displeasure about letting the man smoke. But the airline employees didn't apologize for not taking action. "They just said, 'Well, you should have told us. Well, you should be looking out for puffs of [vapor] on your plane,'" she said.
An Air Canada spokesperson reiterated its rules to CBC News that it doesn't allow vaping onboard. If the crew was aware of someone smoking during flight, they said they would have "addressed the matter immediately."- - Jordan Valinsky
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- After Ferguson, we don't need another dialogue on race
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- 10 things you need to know today: August 27, 2014
- In defense of Obama's golfing
- Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami
- Russia's new air force is a mystery
- The government is getting into the fact-checking business. Be very, very afraid.
- How Hillary Clinton's 'smart power' turned Libya into a dumpster fire
Subscribe to the Week