A 30 year old Spirit Airlines passenger earned a lifetime ban from the airline after vaping aboard his flight not once, but twice.
Apparently not as stealthy about the practice as he thought, the St. Petersburg, Florida man attempted to hide a lungful of vapor in a bag while in his seat. He was admonished not to vape aboard the aircraft by a flight attendant who witnessed the less than subtle violation of airline policy. Perhaps believing that he’d have better luck hiding his vaping in the aircraft’s lavatory, he got up from his seat and headed there, where he proceeded to give that a try.
Luck was not on his side, apparently, because his vaping in the facilities set off the aircraft’s smoke alarm. He was welcomed at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport by Sheriff’s Deputies. The passenger denied using a nicotine product in the aircraft’s restroom and, further, denied being aware that vaping or smoking on the aircraft is prohibited. Smoking has been banned aboard U.S. aircraft since 1990. (Ironically, this would have made the passenger about one year old when that ban came down.)
Also reported by WTKR, vaping wasn’t the passenger’s only violation of Spirit Airlines policy. According to complaints from some of his fellow passengers, the man had been sneaking sips from a hidden stash of alcoholic beverage along with hits off his vaping device. While he managed to avoid facing arrest, the combination of policy violations means that the man has earned a lifetime ban from the airline. According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Jason Rivarde:
“It’s a private business that can ban customers at their own leisure. It’s like telling you not to come back to the restaurant. Once he was on the ground, he was cooperative with our deputies so he didn’t face any criminal charges.”
There was no word on whether the ban had left the Florida man dispirited.