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Woman to be fined for inflight smoking

Woman to be fined for inflight smoking

Kaohsiung, Jan. 15 (CNA) A woman will be fined for smoking in an airplane, Kaohsiung health officials said Thursday.
The woman has become the first local citizen to be fined for inflight smoking after an amended Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act went into effect Sunday, banning smoking in most indoor public areas and workplaces.
The officials said the woman, identified only by her surname Chen, smoked in the restroom of a China Airline plane on its way to southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City from Hong Kong Wednesday night.
The cigarette smoke activated the smoke detector in the restroom and alarms on the plane. The woman was later stopped by a crew member who knocked on the restroom door.
Smoking was already banned onboard China Airline flights, just as most airlines forbid smoking during flights, but as the new amendment has come into effect, the cabin chief on the plane Wednesday reported the incident to the airport police and the case was later turned over to Kaohsiung's health bureau.
Health officials said that under the new regulation, people are banned from smoking on public transport, including airplanes, taxis, tour buses, the MRT subway system, as well as in train stations and waiting lounges for passengers. Violators will be fined between NT$2,000 (US$60.6) and NT$10,000.
(By Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-08-05 03:16 GMT+08:00