M. Praveen Kumar, who resides in Marwar junction in Pali district, Rajasthan, was onboard Akasa Air flying from Ahmedabad to Bengaluru. He was caught smoking ‘beedi’ onboard. Kumar works in the construction sector. He informed the police that he is self-employed and that this was his first time flying.
When it comes to smoking on planes, strict rules and standards are in place. On all commercial airplanes, smoking is absolutely prohibited. Moreover, smoking is prohibited in the cabin, restrooms, and any other section of the aircraft. This prohibition applies to all smoking products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and electronic cigarettes. Also, the smoking ban is in place for the duration of the flight, including takeoff and landing. These regulations are in place to safeguard the safety and well-being of all passengers. Violations of these regulations may result in legal ramifications and severe penalties.
Civil penalties, criminal charges, and regulatory action may be imposed on violators. In addition, airlines may levy fines and bar people from future flights. Therefore, according to Indian law, it is a criminal offense.
As a result, the 56-year-old man was arrested after landing at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru. The spokesperson of Akasa Air remarked,
“On May 16, 2023, a passenger on Akasa Air flight QP1326, flying from Ahmedabad to Bengaluru, was found smoking in the lavatory of the aircraft. Our crew followed the required safety protocols, and the passenger was handed over to the local police with the help of CISF upon landing in Bengaluru. We are assisting authorities with their investigation into this matter.”
Police Interrogation And Legal Consequences
During the police interrogation, the man stated that he frequently smokes inside train restrooms. Therefore, he wrongly assumed he could do so during the flight.
To conclude, as per a senior police officer, the accused would be remanded in judicial custody for at least one week following his arrest.
It is crucial to highlight that smoking on a flight not only violates the law but also endangers the safety of the passengers and the aircraft. To guarantee a safe and healthy atmosphere for all passengers, airlines and aviation authorities in India strictly enforce the smoking ban. Smoking on an airplane endangers all passengers, making it a serious offense.