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Man Caught Smoking Aboard South African Airways Flight

According to Daily Trust, a passenger who was caught smoking on board an aircraft in disobedience to civil aviation regulations has been handed over to the police for prosecution.

The passenger (name withheld) who was on board a South African Airways 060 from Johannesburg to Lagos was alleged to be smoking on board the aircraft in contravention of Section 58 of the Civil Aviation Act 2006, Part.17.97.2 (a) and (c) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulation 2012 (Nig.CARs). This is contained in correspondences between the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigeria Police Force pledging to collaborate to ensure adequate investigation preceding the prosecution. In line with Part of the Nig.CARs, the stipulated penalty for smoking on board an aircraft is imprisonment of not less than two months. According to the Regulations, all airlines should and must as part of pre-flight formalities announce that smoking is prohibited anywhere in the cabin including the toilet. This culprit however, failed to adhere to this warning, the NCAA said in a statement by its General Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Sam Adurogboye. Therefore, the authority said it would collaborate with the Police to ensure prosecution. Adurogboye said: "The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is committed to follow this case to its logical conclusion to serve as a deterrent to others who possess the penchant to flout the authority's regulations. "In addition, our Directorate of Consumer Protection (DCP) has been strengthened to ensure passengers get full value for their money and comfort".

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