Posted January 16, 2009 by Jaklien van Melick
Remember the days when you could still light up mid-flight? It is hard to imagine this now that smoking is banned in so many public places, but yes, cigarettes used to be allowed on planes. For the nonsmoker this was pure torture; trying to get some shut-eye while the passenger in the row behind you was happily puffing away. Or having to hold your breath while the guy across the aisle was sucking on a cigar. Sure, there were smoking and nonsmoking sections, but when does smoke ever stay where it should?
But what about those nicotine junkies who have to chain-smoke right before boarding a flight and then wait for up to 18 hours for the next fag. (For the airline nerds among you: Yes, this would have been on Singapore Airlines from Singapore to JFK.) Some people are willing to risk the embarrassment of being fined and arrested. I mean, just recently, Amy Winehouse couldn’t even refrain from smoking on a flight that lasted only one hour and felt the need to sneak off to the lavatory three times. However, I've got some good news for all you ciggie addicts out there.
SuperSmoker, the company that introduced the electronic cigarette in the U.K. last year, is now in talks with an unnamed airline to allow its handy-dandy devices on flights. The fake fag is battery operated and apparently looks like a real cigarette, even tastes like a real cigarette, but without the smelly smoke. It contains a cylinder with a nicotine liquid that evaporates when the cigarette is lit. Even the tip lights up when you take a drag. Just like the real deal. So no more elbowing your way out of the plane and out of the terminal to suck in that precious fix of tar and nicotine after landing, because you could be smoking the SuperSmoker onboard soon. If you don’t mind looking just a tad bit ridiculous sucking on a plastic stick, that is.
(Photo: Primera Riecker)
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