Passenger, smoking, sparks fire in bathroom on El Al flight to Bangkok
Crew extinguishes fire, caused after cigarette butt ignites toilet paper in bathroom trash can; passenger to face legal action upon return to Israel
An Israeli passenger caused a fire on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Bangkok on Friday after smoking a cigarette in the plane’s bathroom and trying to put it out in the trash can, the airline said.
The fire broke out after the passenger’s cigarette butt ignited some toilet paper and tissue inside the trash can.
El Al said that flight attendants and the captains attended to the incident immediately and put out the fire with extinguishers.
“The flight continued as scheduled and landed safely at Bangkok Airport,” the airline said and added that the passenger would face legal action upon his return to Israel.
However, since no damage was caused to the plane, the airline decided not to involve local police in the matter.
Last month, a Wizz Air flight from Tel Aviv to Romania was delayed for five hours due to luggage mishaps and a passenger who said he wanted to smoke marijuana.