Last updated: 01:26 PM ET, Wed September 30 2015

Las Vegas-Bound Flight Diverts to Omaha Over Lit Cigarette

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | September 30, 2015

Las Vegas-Bound Flight Diverts to Omaha Over Lit Cigarette

It's no secret that lit cigarettes are frowned upon on airplanes, yet somehow, people keep forgetting.

Monday night, a Delta Air Lines flight traveling from Detroit to Las Vegas was forced to divert to Omaha after someone discovered a lit cigarette inside a trash can in the plane's bathroom, the Detroit Free Press reported.

A statement from the airline via the Press confirmed that the Boeing 737 landed in Nebraska without incident. 

It's unclear where the cigarette came from or who was the first to find it, but an investigation into the incident is underway.

While federal regulations prohibit travelers from smoking on board airplanes, there's been no shortage of head-scratching incidents involving passengers lighting up in the sky.

This past June, a United Airlines flight traveling from Denver to Boston returned to the Mile High City just a half an hour after takeoff when a passenger was caught smoking in the plane's bathroom. Even more bizarre, the man, who had originally complained that he felt ill, refused to stop smoking after being confronted by crew members.

Just days prior to that incident, an Etihad Airways passenger had to be physically restrained by fellow fliers after allegedly attacking a flight attendant who informed him of the airline's smoking ban.

Although flying can often times be stressful, intensifying the urge to smoke for some, most all commercial airlines have been smoke-free for the past two decades. 

On top of potentially being arrested, passengers caught smoking aboard an airplane are subject to hefty fines. 


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