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Ban Smoking and Lighters in Planes and Airports: Fire and Jet Fuel? Everyone Knows Better

Ban Smoking and Lighters in Planes and Airports: Fire and Jet Fuel? Everyone Knows Better

I strongly encourage a ban on incendiary devices aboard planes, whether a person carries it in his/her clothing or stores it in a carry-on bag. We should also ban smoking on airport premises, including parking facilities. No one has a good reason to have a match or lighter on a plane, and yet most people will be surprised to know their fellow passengers may legally board an aircraft with an incendiary device. For everyone’s safety, this ban must be implemented immediately.

A complete ban on smoking on airport property effectively complements the ban on lighters and matches aboard an aircraft. If people can’t smoke at airports, why would they need to carry a match or lighter on the premises? We will also enjoy much cleaner air on planes, as people that smoke will no longer be able to board while covered in smoke residue (third-hand smoke).

Our airports serve as a welcome mat for tourists and other travelers. How do non-smokers feel when greeted by a cloud of smoke as they exit our terminals? Outside smoking sections simply don’t work. I have yet to see smoking sections enforced at airports and, even worse, most of them are right in front of taxi lines or other gathering places. Besides, smoke travels too, and poison is poison whether you inhale it inside or outside. We should encourage expanding the recent ban of electronic cigarettes to include airport premises. While e-cigarettes may not emit smoke, they do put out harmful fumes that non-smokers should not have to endure.

I’m not advocating a restriction on the rights of smokers to smoke. Rather, I want to protect the rights of non-smoking travelers (86%): their right to clean air on all airport premises, within the facility itself, and on-board an aircraft.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 02:02

Stephen Barth

Founder, HospitalityLawyer.com

Stephen Barth, author of Hospitality Law and coauthor of Restaurant Law Basics, is an attorney, the founder of HospitalityLawyer.com, the annual Hospitality Law Conference series, and the Global Congress on Travel Risk Management. As a professor at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, he teaches courses in hospitality law and leadership. He has over twenty years of experience in hospitality operations, including line positions, management, and ownership. Stephen is a founding member of the Hospitality Industry Bar Association. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a mediator and a strong proponent for alternative dispute resolution.


Stephen earned his Law degree, Master of Arts in Communications, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Economics from Texas Tech University. In 1995 he was recognized by the City of Houston for his accomplishments as a faculty member at the University of Houston. He has received numerous College and University teaching awards. In 2001 he launched HospitalityLawyer.com, and in 2002 he initiated the annual Hospitality Law Conference series. In 2003 Stephen created the Electronic Journal of Hospitality Legal, Safety, and Security Research. In 2009, he received the Hilton College “HVS” Research Award. In 2011 he launched the Global Congress on Travel Risk Management.



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