One of the great things about human memory is its likelihood to retain – at a conscious level – positive rather than negative memories. Sadly, our current political administration regularly reminds us of stupid or tragic things we thought were long gone ... like aggressively destroying the environment for profit, like baiting the public with Nazi scare-tactics and like embracing creationism over evolution. But I digress.
Among the more negative experiences of a long-ago life was ... smoking on airplanes. Do you remember the horror of sitting next to someone who was smoking, or passing through the haze of the back-of-the-bus smoking section to use the lavatory? I do, though barely. Good riddance, 20 years ago!
I read in today's NY Times about a new airline called Smintair. What is it? It's an all-smoking airline that will begin service on the Dusseldorf-Tokyo route starting next year. Smart route planning, methinks, since Germany and Japan are among the most nicotine-addicted nations in the world. Fortunately Dusseldorf is not showing up on my upcoming travel plans of the next 40 years.
I do feel sorry for smokers struggling to get through long-distance no-smoking flights. But I figure that is one of the best opportunities for gaining inspiration to quit smoking. As such, I firmly do not support the concept of Smintair. No worries. I think it will fail regardelss of David Alport's moral or health related judgments.
Here, however, is my burning question: Will they hand out Smint Mints upon landing? Hope so.