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Tempers of Passengers Ignited Over No-Smoking Regulations on Airlines

January 09, 1988

The results of making a six-hour flight a nonsmoking flight are absolutely predictable as evidenced by the TWA incident. It is unrealistic to expect anything except flaring tempers, illegal smoking in restrooms and in-flight fires.

To ask regular smokers to abstain that long is like requiring a diabetic to miss his or her insulin shot. It just isn't reasonable.

Segregation is a far better answer. If there is one row of smokers on the plane, then the back row should be designated a smoking area and passengers rearranged to accommodate the needs of both smokers and nonsmokers. To do otherwise endangers all of us.

CHARLOTTE LOBB

Lomita

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