Cyprus Police Charge Smoker Who Slapped Flight Attendant

NICOSIA — In another example of air rage – although this time after a plane landed and not about COVID masks – police on Cyprus charged a man who refused to put out a cigarette with attacking a flight attendant who told him to put it out.

The incident happened at Larnaca Airport while the plane was refueling, adding to the danger of an explosion as the man lit up while he was disembarking from an aircraft and on stairs getting off, said The Cyprus Mail.

He was not identified in keeping with laws protecting people's privacy unless they are convicted of crimes but the paper said that the attendant saw him with the cigarette and said smoking was not allowed in the area.

When the man refused and started yelling, the attendant pulled the cigarette out of his mouth and extinguished it, which him to slap the employee in the face and light up another butt.

The flight attendant filed a complaint with the police against the 47-year-old who was charged with assault and violating a smoking ban, no report on whether anyone, including airport security, tried to intervene to help.


NICOSIA - While Cypriot airports are less affected by air travel turmoil because of a shortage of pilots and staffs on international airlines – despite massive subsidies given the industry – Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios suggested Cypriots not to travel in July and August.

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