Monday, October 03, 2016

airplanes still have ashtrays in the bathroom, yet smoking is not allowed. Weird, right?

"If somebody did decide to light up and then put their cigarette in the trash, well, the trash is all paper products, so the ashes could start a fire," Debbie, an American Airlines flight attendant, told me.

Turns out that all airlines are required by the Federal Aviation Administration to attach an ashtray to the bathroom door of every plane.''

Because in 1973, 123 passengers died on Varig Flight 820 traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when the cabin of a Boeing 707 filled with smoke from a fire started by a cigarette.

The cigarette was thrown away in the trash receptacle of the airplane bathroom, causing a major fire in the rear of the jet.

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