A bold passenger tried to join an entirely different type of “mile high club” this past Thursday night. During a routine Southwest Airlines flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, an apparently impatient and none too wise marijuana enthusiast decided to light up a joint in one of the plane’s lavatories despite all of the airline’s warnings against doing so while in flight.
Despite marijuana being legal in the state of California, smoking of any kind and vaping are still very much prohibited on all commercial flights. While it is not clear yet as to what punishment the high flyer will receive, they will at least be liable for over $3,000 in fines.
According to reports from local California NBC and CBS affiliates, a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles lit up a joint and started smoking weed in the airplane bathroom shortly after takeoff, setting off a fire alarm and prompting the pilot to unexpectedly ground the plane in San Jose.
“It looked like that someone needed to smoke a joint on a plane, and he went into the bathroom, smoked his blunt, and set off the fire alarm,” passenger Jonathan Burkes told CBS Los Angeles.
With only an hour or so in the air between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the not-so-sneaky stoner wasted no time disrupting his 32 fellow passengers. According to passenger Edmund Lo, the pothead in question arrived on the airplane in a wheelchair, but stood up and walked to the bathroom after the plane had reached its coasting altitude, before moving back to his seat and reeking of ganja shortly after.
Would you ever consider lighting up a joint during a flight if you were able to get your herb through security?