Now we know why you don’t vape on a plane, especially if you’re in the cockpit.
An Air China plane dropped 21-thousand feet suddenly on Tuesday. The co-pilot was vaping and wanted to turn off the air recycling fans so the smoke wouldn’t go into the passenger cabin. And he didn’t tell the pilot what he was up to.
Instead, the man hit the air conditioning switch starting a chain reaction that included oxygen masks dropping down, altitude warnings, and the plane dropping 21-thousand feet. So much for not disturbing the 153 passengers. The plane safely landed, with low oxygen levels, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China said Friday that "severe punishment in accordance with laws and regulations." That happened. The crew was fired by Air China.
Luckily, all the passengers are fine. It’s interesting to note that the flight attendants and passengers were not told anything at first. Some explaining had to be done when the masks dropped, though.