Smokers divert flight after refusing to stub out cigarettes


Three passengers who lit up cigarettes on a flight forced their plane to make an unscheduled landing after they refused to put them out.

Despite the fact that smoking on aircraft has been banned for more than 15 years, the three Canadian passengers, who were on a Sunwing flight, defied the rules.

After refusing to stub their cigarettes out, their flight from Halifax to the Dominican Republic had to make an unscheduled stop in Bermuda on Friday.

According to the Sun News Network, acting inspector Paul Simons told United Press International: "It appeared to be a father, a mother and a son. The parents appear to be in their 50s. The son, I believe, is around 22 or so."

The family has been ordered to stay in Bermuda, and their passports and travel documents have been seized by police.

The other plane passengers were put up in a hotel and continued their journey on Saturday.

A post on airliners.net read: "Seems people didn't get the memo about not smoking on flights anymore and the fact that you have to listen to the instructions of the crew."

The in-flight smoking ban has been met with defiance on a number of occasions.

Back in 2010, a Qatari diplomat was arrested upon arrival at Denver International Airport for smoking in the toilet, and for making threats; when confronted by airline staff, he jokingly suggested that he was attempting to set his shoes on fire.

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