Russian Airline Bans Passengers from Chewing Gum
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There are many rules and regulations passengers have to deal with during a flight, but one low-cost airline in Russia is instituting a new ban on customers chewing gum aboard its flights.
According to BBC.com, budget Russian airline Pobeda operates 17 domestic routes within the country, and it announced that the company would be banning chewing gum due to the airline spending so much money scraping the gum off its aircrafts’ interiors.
In previous reports from Pobeda’s CEO Andrei Kalmykov, he claims that it costs up to 100,000 roubles ($1,700) to clean the chewed gum off the interior and replace damaged equipment inside the aircrafts.
Pobeda spokeswoman Yelena Selivanova told BBC.com, “We have imposed a ban on chewing gum since the middle of June due to losses sustained by the airline.”
The low-cost airline isn’t just dealing with a gum problem, though, as other guests are reportedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment from Pobeda aircrafts. Kalmykov claimed earlier this month that passengers are stealing life jackets, safety instruction cards and many other items.
While banning chewing gum sounds like something that would happen to people during an elementary school road trip, it is not the first time a low-cost carrier has banned something. In April, Rich Thomaselli of TravelPulse reported alcohol was banned on certain flights notorious for rowdy behavior.
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