Although smoking on planes has been banned on all flights for more than 20 years, that didn't stop a woman flying on a Spirit Airlines flight to light up a cigarette. And not covertly in the bathroom, as someone who insists on smoking might try to do, but apparently right in her seat. Amazingly, even though the flight crew scolded her, and she got escorted off the plane by police, she pretty much got away with it.
Video below (originally posted on Twitter by a fellow passenger) shows a Spirit crew member asking for the smoker's ID, telling her she's being detained.
"You're in big trouble right now. You're going to jail," he says to her. Other passengers complain about the air, and how it's hard to breathe.
Police officers show up, and by now she's asleep in her seat so they wake her up. They then help her look for her bag (which she says is in the overhead, but it turns out she actually doesn't have any bags with her), and escort her off the plane.
Spirit's statement to Miami Herald: "When Flight 845 from Detroit was taxiing to the gate in Fort Lauderdale, a passenger inexplicably decided to light a cigarette in violation of federal law. Flight attendants noticed the odor and the other guests were quick to point out who was responsible and hand over what remained of the extinguished cigarette. Our crew summoned law enforcement officers to have them waiting at the gate to remove the passenger."
But in the end, according to Miami Herald, she didn't go to jail.