There's nothing wrong with getting comfortable on a flight, but one woman took it a bit too far when she decided to have a smoke while sitting in her seat on the plane.
The Spirit Airlines plane was waiting for its gate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when the woman lit up the cigarette, much to the disbelief of those around her.
The incident was captured by fellow passenger Alexa Majdalawi, who shared it on TikTok.
"We landed, and we were taxiing for a little while and this girl (literally right in front of me) just pulled out a cigarette, and started smoking and blowing it behind her," Ms Majdalawi said, adding she's asthmatic and had to use her inhaler several times.
The woman continued saying the flight attendants "did nothing", so she asked the woman herself to put the cigarette out.
"It's been a long day," the woman reportedly replied.
"And," Ms Majdalawai said incredulously, "It's illegal."
Flight attendants ignored smoker at first
Ms Majdalawai eventually flagged down a flight attendant, alerting her to the woman smoking, although they initially told her to "move to the back" if the smoke was bothering her until other passengers started complaining.
"Come get her please," one woman is heard saying as the authorities approach the disruptive passenger.
"She's holding us up."
The woman was eventually escorted off the plane when they could disembark after Broward Sheriff’s Office Airport District deputies “responded to a disturbance” on the flight.
“On scene, deputies met with Spirit Airlines employees and were advised that they wanted a female passenger removed from the plane for smoking,” the sheriff’s office said on Wednesday (local time) in a press release.
“Deputies made contact with the request, and no arrest was made.”
American airlines began phasing out smoking on flights in 1970s, but it wasn't fully banned on all flights until February 1990.
Australia banned smoking on domestic flights in December 1987, on international flights within Australian airspace in 1990 and banned smoking on all Australian international flights in 1996.
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