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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zzz|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 35000|
msl bound upper : 35000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zzz|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 12000
flight time type : 5500
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
En route, passenger smoked in aft lav and at seat in spite of being warned about the new rules against smoking. This report is being sent because it demonstrates the additional danger our commercial fleet faces because the new no smoking policy is forcing the die hard smokers in the lavs where they increase the fire danger. This particular man used a large paper bag to blow the smoke into and apparently defeated the smoke detector west/O tampering with it. I have heard that inventive passenger are using shower caps and plastic bags tied over the detectors to defeat them as well. Congress and the FAA were forewarned that this would happen. It seems only a matter of time before we will have a lav fire because of the no smoking policy.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PASSENGER SMOKING ON NON SMOKING FLT IN LAVATORY AFTER BEING WARNED AGAINST FEDERAL AVIATION REG.
Narrative: ENRTE, PAX SMOKED IN AFT LAV AND AT SEAT IN SPITE OF BEING WARNED ABOUT THE NEW RULES AGAINST SMOKING. THIS RPT IS BEING SENT BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATES THE ADDITIONAL DANGER OUR COMMERCIAL FLEET FACES BECAUSE THE NEW NO SMOKING POLICY IS FORCING THE DIE HARD SMOKERS IN THE LAVS WHERE THEY INCREASE THE FIRE DANGER. THIS PARTICULAR MAN USED A LARGE PAPER BAG TO BLOW THE SMOKE INTO AND APPARENTLY DEFEATED THE SMOKE DETECTOR W/O TAMPERING WITH IT. I HAVE HEARD THAT INVENTIVE PAX ARE USING SHOWER CAPS AND PLASTIC BAGS TIED OVER THE DETECTORS TO DEFEAT THEM AS WELL. CONGRESS AND THE FAA WERE FOREWARNED THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN. IT SEEMS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE WILL HAVE A LAV FIRE BECAUSE OF THE NO SMOKING POLICY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.