Two passengers on a passenger plane from Shanghai to Beijing were caught smoking e-cigarettes during taxiing at the brand new Beijing Daxing International Airport.
A preliminary investigation revealed that while Mr. Yan and Mr. Liu both admitted knowing that smoking during a flight was strictly against the law, they were unaware that they could not do so during taxiing, which led them to smoke their e-cigarettes on the plane in their seats.
According to the law, smoking e-cigarettes on a plane can result in administrative detention between five days and 10 days and a fine of more than RMB 500.
As a consequence, Mr.Yan and Mr.Liu were both detained for seven days.
According to the public security bureau of the Beijing capital airport, many e-cigarette users have been misled by the unclear classification of e-cigarettes, believing that such regulations do not ban e-cigarettes from being used and smoked in public spaces.
According to police officers, smoking e-cigarettes bears a potential safety hazard, particularly when its on a plane.
For starters, being in a closed environment spreads its harmful substances around and damages the environment and its occupants.
Secondly, the battery of an e-cigarette gets hot when used, which may cause fires or explosions in the event of the e-cigarette overheating.
Smoke detectors inside the aircraft are also very sensitive. Smoking e-cigarettes would trigger their alarms and cause severe disruptions to the operations of that aircraft and all the passengers on board.
Police reminder: smoking cigarettes, including e-cigarettes, and carrying flammable substances are strictly prohibited in commercial aircrafts, airport aprons, and inside terminals.