El Al passenger’s sneaky cigarette in plane lavatory caused fire: report

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  • An Israeli passenger smoked a cigarette in the lavatory of an El Al plane on Friday, according to The Times of Israel.
  • He tried to throw the cigarette into a trash can, but it ignited some tissue paper, causing a fire.
  • The passenger will face legal action upon returning from Thailand to Israel, El Al said.

An Israeli passenger caused a fire on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Bangkok on Friday after smoking a cigarette in the plane’s bathroom and trying to dispose of it in a trash can, the airline said, according to the Times of Israel.

The passenger’s cigarette butt ignited the toilet paper and tissues inside the trash can, The Times of Israel reported.

Flight attendants and the plane’s captains used fire extinguishers to put out the fire, El Al said, according to the newspaper. It caused no damage, the airline added.

“The flight continued as planned and landed safely at Bangkok airport,” El Al said, according to The Times of Israel.

El Al added that the passenger would face legal action upon returning from Thailand to Israel, according to the newspaper.

The newspaper reported that the airline did not involve local Thai police in the matter as the fire was extinguished quickly and caused no damage to the aircraft.

Smoking in flight is banned by almost all airlines and most governments around the world.

Last month, The Times of Israel reported that a passenger on a delayed Wizz Air flight from Tel Aviv to Bucharest, Romania, said he wanted to have a cigarette.

The pilot called the police, who approached the passenger, according to the newspaper. “I want to smoke a cigarette,” the passenger said, according to The Times of Israel. “I’ve been here for four hours, I’m going to smoke a cigarette! I smoke weed! I’m sick, I can smoke weed, I have a license.”

Police did not arrest or remove anyone from the plane, the newspaper reported.

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