(CMR) The Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) has secured an unusual conviction for a man caught vaping in the bathroom of an incoming flight to the Cayman Islands.
Sources revealed that CBC stepped in after the RCIPS refused to do anything about a complaint made about the incident. CMR understands that the airline has a duty to report such incidents.
Brendan Joseph Fallon pleaded guilty to committing a reckless and negligent act and was fined CI$1000 when he appeared before Magistrate Vanessa Allard.
Fallon reportedly told the magistrate that he was an army veteran and was going through a difficult time.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, just as passengers are not allowed to smoke cigarettes on an aircraft, they should never use their vapes or e-cigarettes on an aircraft. It’s not only dangerous, it’s a federal offense. In the US, passengers who violate federal vaping laws could face fines up to $1,771.
Vapes and e-cigarettes were the leading cause for incidents of smoke, fire or extreme heat on aircraft in 2022, a FAA spokesperson revealed last year
Electronic smoking devices contain lithium batteries that pose a fire risk. Passengers are allowed to bring the devices on board but they must be appropriately packed. Vapes, e-cigarettes and spare lithium batteries must be placed in carry-on luggage only. Vapes and e-cigarettes should be carefully protected to prevent the device from accidentally turning on.