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5 U.S. Airlines to Ban Smoking on Nonstop Overseas Flights

May 15, 1996|From Reuters

WASHINGTON — About 80% of nonstop scheduled U.S. airline flights between the United States and foreign cities will be smoke-free by June 1, the Transportation Department said.

Transportation Secretary Federico Pena said the nonsmoking rules on overseas flights will be put into effect June 1 by Delta Air Lines, Trans World Airlines, USAir, American Airlines and United Airlines.

Pena said in a statement that in 1994 the United States, Canada and Australia had agreed to ban smoking on flights of their carriers among the three countries, and last year his department granted antitrust immunity to U.S. and foreign carriers to discuss smoking bans on transatlantic flights.

The department said the smoking curbs on overseas flights complement the 100% smoking ban on U.S. domestic flights.

As recently as eight years ago, smoking was permitted on nearly all domestic and international flights. The International Civil Aviation Organization aims to ban smoking on all international flights by July 1.

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