Ryanair to allow passengers to "smoke" in-flight

21 Sep 2009 by Mark Caswell

Ryanair has started selling a brand of smokeless cigarettes on its flights, allowing addicted passengers to get their nicotine hit in the air.

Smoking has long since been banned on commercial flights, but the carrier has introduced a new range of Similar Smokeless Cigarettes, which look and feel like a regular cigarette, and deliver a nicotine hit without needing to be lit.

Ryanair says it has responded to the 24,000 passengers who said in a recent survey that they would like to be able to smoke during flights. The smokeless cigarettes will be available to customers over 18 years of age, charged at £6 for a pack of ten.

In 2006 German startup carrier Smintair (Smoker’s International Airways) announced it was to start smoking flights between Dusseldorf and Tokyo, but these plans have so far not come to fruition.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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