April 23, 1988

On April 23, 1988, a new US federal law went into effect that banned smoking on flights that were under two hours. Smokers went nuts. They whined and wheezed that their right to smoke was being trampled on. They would have shouted, but, they were smokers and there was not going to be any sustained shouting coming from crowd. The smokers of America had to settle for sitting in the plane seats and glaring at the stewardesses and smacking their nicotine gum in righteous anger. And drinking an extra gin and tonic because it tasted so much better than normal.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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