Sigh. When will airline passengers with nicotine addictions realize that smoking on a plane causes problems? Yesterday, American Airlines Flight 117 from JFK Airport, bound for Los Angeles, was diverted to New Mexico allegedly because a passenger was smoking in a bathroom.
According to My Fox LA, "The passenger who smoked was taken off the plane for questioning in Albuquerque, then all the other passengers were taken off while FBI agents and bomb-sniffing dogs searched the plane... Flight 117 arrived at Los Angeles International Airport around 11 p.m. last night. It had been scheduled to arrive at 5:20 p.m." There were over 160 passengers on the flight.
Earlier this year, a Qatari diplomat was smoking in the bathroom of a United flight. And this week, there was an emergency landing at SFO because a passenger lit a napkin on fire.