United to test smoke-free flights
United Airlines announced yesterday that it will test smoke-free international flights from March 1 through Sept. 30.
The carrier will ban smoking on one of its two daily round-trip departures from New York's Kennedy International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport. It also will ban smoking on its daily flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, a 6,504-mile journey that lasts nearly 13 hours.
In addition, United officials said that as of June 8 they will designate as smoke-free other flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington to London.
If the test proves popular with customers, United said it may make the smoking ban permanent and extend it to all 200 of its daily international departures from the United States.