Thursday, 26 May 2016

This is why plane toilets have ashtrays

Even though smoking is banned

We all know you’re not allowed to smoke on planes but why do modern planes still have ashtrays in their bathrooms?

Well, there’s actually a very credible explanation.

What if a sneaky passenger decided to try and have a cheeky smoke in the toilet?

They’d need somewhere to dispose of the butt and that place has to be safe.

"The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) doesn't want them to put the cigarette in the waste disposal bin where there is a risk that it could start a fire,” Dick Karp wrote on Q&A website Quora.

"Waste disposal bins on planes have their own sensor and automatic fire extinguisher as an additional form of backup protection."

Furthermore, a British Airways spokesperson said, “It is a legal requirement, under air navigation orders, to have ashtrays because while smoking is not permitted on flights, if someone were to light a cigarette on board there must be somewhere to safely extinguish it."

Well, that solves that puzzle!

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