Electronic cigarettes introduced on charter flights
Posted on Wednesday 03 November 2010
Just before takeoff, flight attendants typically ask passengers to turn off all electronic devices. Flyers are prompted to fasten their seatbelts and the "No Smoking" sign is illuminated, but that may change in the future with the introduction of electronic cigarettes.
Blu Cigs, which manufactures these novel items that give the taste of tobacco without the harmful effects, is offering free samples to passengers with a charter jet company in hopes of moving to commercial airlines.
According to USA Today, "electronic cigarettes are battery-operated atomizers that warm up a flavored liquid that then produces vapor." Smokers will feel the effects of nicotine save of any odor or smoke.
While the Department of Transportation banned smoking on flights back in 2000, there is no official position on whether this technology should be banned, as well. However, the Federal Aviation Administration told the news source that individual carriers should decide whether they will allow these items on board.
Jason Holi of Global Exec Aviation has expressed interest in the product, which is typically used as a smoking cessation aid.
"We're in a customer-service industry. If I have a passenger who's a white-knuckle flier but a heavy chain smoker, I want to make it as accommodating as possible for him."
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