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Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Step out for a cig...at 30,000 feet?!

A friend of mine sent this to me and I had to post it. This is one desperate smoker! So, in brief, a French woman allegedly takes some sleeping pills, drinks some booze and then decides to step outside for a cig. Oops, she is at 30,000 feet on a Cathay Pacific flight to Australia (can you say watch that first step). The good news is that she was caught by a flight attendant and led back to her seat - not that the door would have opened anyway. The bad news is, she was only fined AUS$1000 and was not put in stupid school...

Woman wanted outdoor cigarette mid-flight

BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 21 (UPI)-- An Australian court has chastised a French woman for trying to open an aircraft door mid-flight so she could step out for a cigarette.

Sadrine Sellies, 34, was placed on a good behavior bond Monday after pleading guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Her defense lawyer told the court Sellies was terrified of flying, had taken sleeping tablets and had consumed a lot of alcohol before takeoff. She had no memory of what happened on the flight and also had a history of sleepwalking, her lawyer said.

Sellies and her husband were en route to Australia on Saturday on a Cathay Pacific flight for a 3-week vacation, the Melbourne Herald-Sun reported.

She was placed on a one-year $1,000 good behavior bond, warned by the judge to behave while flying and then released.

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I found while researching the article above another recent interesting story...at least this airline was serious about doing something. Cathay should take notes as I would estimate that about 50% of the their flights I take someone attempts to smoke...

Man Gets 15 Months for Smoking on Plane

Nov 17, 5:41 PM (ET)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A Greek court sentenced a man to 15 months in prison for smoking on a plane, and then hitting a male flight attendant who told him to put his cigarette out, court officials said Thursday.

The 50-year-old Greek resident of New York was also convicted of endangering the aircraft. He was traveling on Olympic Airlines Flight No. 412 from New York to Athens last week.

Flight attendants said the defendant had been smoking in the main passenger area of the plane and in the toilet.

The man, who remains free pending appeal, said a 45-minute delay in takeoff from New York had made him nervous.


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