Keri and I decided a few weeks back to take an impromptu trip to sunny San Diego. We, (Keri) had all we could take of the rain and wanted a quick little sun fix. In route to San Diego, on the air plane, I notice in the lavatory a sign that reads, Smoking is Prohibited, yet there is an ashtray provided on the interior of the door.
It makes me wonder, how long has smoking been prohibited on air planes? How old is this air plane? So, I asked.
I approached Kurt, one of our kind flight attendants, “May I ask you a question?” He smiled and replied, “One question”
Me being me, I pushed the limits.
“How old is this air plane?”
“About 15 years old.”
“How long has smoking been prohibited?”
“Oh, a long time. Probably since the mid to late 80’s.”
“Why then did the plane get made with an ashtray inside the bathroom?”
“Just in case and to save money.”
“Just in case?”
“Well, just in case someone breaks the rules, they’ll have a safe place to extinguish their cigarette.”
“Wow!!! Do people really still try to smoke in the bathroom?”
“Occasionally,… also if for some reason this plane were to be sold to another country that allows smoking on their air craft, it would cost about $30,000 just to add that little ash tray in the door.”
Wow!!! I don’t know what’s more impressive? The fact that the little ash tray would cost so much to install, the fact that people still try to smoke on an air plane or the fact that I was able to ask WAY more than one question.