smoking on airplanes

Travel Tidbits: e-cigs, Cuba & mascots

Lucky Stirke smoking

The U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized a rule related to smoking on airplanes and now using electronic cigarettes on business flights is formally forbidden.

According to DOT: “The very last rule applies to all scheduled flights of U.S. and foreign providers involving transportation in, to, and from the U.S.”


Many U.S. airlines – together with Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and United – filed programs this week for regularly scheduled flights to Havana and different airports in Cuba. a hundred and ten daily flights can be authorized, so stay tuned and begin making plans your journey now.

Frontier mascot

And, Frontier Airlines is walking a competition to pick out a faculty mascot to be featured on considered one of its new Airbus 320 airplanes.

The prevailing mascot’s agency will win 20 roundtrip tickets and every time you vote you get entered in a competition to win a free flight.

Worried about the 787 and the only-butt ashtray

Boeing, the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), airlines and all way of fascinated events are involved about the destiny of the 787 Dreamliner.

And I am too.  For all of the motives every person else wants all the problems to be resolved however additionally because I’m concerned approximately the fate of the one-butt ashtray.

LAN 787 lav

While smoking is illegal on airplanes, there are nevertheless some knuckleheads who will pass into an airplane lavatory and light up. And on the way to maintain these smoking scofflaws from putting off a lit or nonetheless smoldering cigarette in a trash bin filled with paper towels, there are rules in location requiring that there be ashtrays in plane lavatories and different spots.

On maximum airplanes, you’ll spot the rectangular metallic ashtrays many of us are familiar with from the vintage days whilst there had been ashtrays in every plane armrest.

But for the 787 some smart designer has give you a fascinating and fashionable little ashtray that works similar to a turn out coat hook and will keep no greater than a unmarried cigarette butt.

So for that reason, I say “Save the 787.” It can also save some butts.