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Clearing the Air

March 02, 1997

More and more airlines ban smoking, especially on transatlantic routes. Three more will ban it next month. A sampling of airline policies.

Air Canada: All flights have banned smoking since 1990

Air France: All U.S. flights to Paris, except those from Miami and Chicago, have drape-enclosed and ventilated "smoker's bars." Evening flights from New York-JFK to Paris ban smoking. Concorde flights have smoking and nonsmoking sections.

American: All flights to and from Europe and the Caribbean; and flights to Acapulco, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, ban smoking. Designated flights to Latin America and Japan allow it.

Austrian Airline: Ban on all transatlantic flights begins April 1.

British Airways: All transatlantic flights ban smoking. A total of 80 flights per day, from Britain to various destinations in Asia, Latin America and Europe, allow smoking.

Continental: All flights have banned smoking since April 1996.

Delta: All flights have banned smoking since Jan 1, 1995.

KLM: All transatlantic flights ban smoking.

Lufthansa: All transatlantic and intra-European flights ban smoking. Some Asian flights allow smoking.

Northwest: All transatlantic flights ban smoking. Designated transpacific flights allow it. Smoking is banned in first class.

Sabena: All transatlantic flights ban smoking on April 1.

Swissair: All transatlantic flights ban smoking April 1.

TWA: All flights to France and Britain ban smoking.

United: Flights to London; Amsterdam; Brussels; Zurich, Switzerland; and most transpacific flights ban smoking. Smoking and nonsmoking flights are offered to Japan; Paris; Milan, Italy; Frankfurt, Germany; and South America.

USAir: All flights have banned smoking since June 1, 1996

Source: Travel Agent magazine.

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