Batik Air has reported a passenger to the police for smoking in a plane’s toilet while flying from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta to Padang Pariaman in West Sumatra on Sunday, according to a press statement issued by the airline.
After the flight landed at Minangkabau Airport in Padang Pariaman, the senior flight attendant and the pilot reported the incident to ground handling and aviation security officers, who then reported the man, identified only as ES, to the police and airport authority.
“All Batik Air flights are smoke-free, including smoking electronic cigarettes. On each flight, a flight attendant always announces the smoking prohibition,” the airline said in the statement.
Under a civil flight security regulation, each plane with a capacity of 20 passengers or more is required to install a smoke detector in each toilet as well as a fire extinguisher.
United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibited smoking on airplanes while in flight in 1989, with the ban being adopted internationally in 1998.
In the statement, Batik Air urged all passengers to abide by the regulation. (bbn)