Ever wondered why planes still have ashtrays Even Though Smoking Is Prohibited?
Many of you have asked yourself why do we have ashtrays in flight when we are not allowed to smoke? Well, we have the answer for this.
Generally, the only place to see ashtrays in planes is in the lavatories. The reason is quite simple and stupid as one can assume: – there should be a place in flight for you to toss lit cigarettes :-).
As per Federal Aviation Administration and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Guidelines Smoking on planes is prohibited under the law and it is a legal offense in all countries. However, we humans have a tendency to break the laws. And in case if someone does it, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that there must be ashtrays to block any possibility of fire.
What does the Law say?
Regardless of whether smoking is allowed in any other part of the airplane, lavatories must have self-contained, removable ashtrays located conspicuously on or near the entry side of each lavatory door.
In addition to this, Under any circumstance, if more than half of ashtrays are broken or not in a state of use, they should be replaced within 3 days. Smoking has been banned on airplanes, not only for passengers but for pilots too, but these small useful ashtrays have remained to stay.
So, the next time you spot one on the plane, don’t smoke. Because you will be detected by smoke detectors and get trapped.