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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mile High Club

posted by on June 25 at 13:45 PM

In Denver, there’s a push to allow smoking in the airport—which already has the smokiest airport in which I’ve ever had a breakfast margarita. But this push is to allow pot smoking.

[Mason] Tvert, a crusader for legalizing marijuana, has called for pot-smoking lounges in the nation’s airports. His reason for doing goes beyond his cannabis liberation mission: He wants to help make flying safer.

“There’s been this growing trend of alcohol-related air rage,” he said Tuesday, alluding to episodes of drunken passengers creating in-flight disturbances.

Just last week, Christina E. Szele, 35, of New York, was accused of drunkenly disrupting a JetBlue flight, punching a flight attendant and screaming curses and racial slurs after she was prevented from smoking. A cigarette, that is.

This make perfect sense, especially to the people who hate pot. You see, the criticism among the “I hate pot” crowd is usually that smoking dope turns prodigious workers into slackers and energetic teens into non-communicative sloths. But does anybody want a chatty Cathy in the seat next to them from here to St Louis, or some guy who needs to get up forty times during the flight to “stretch his legs”? Fuck no. You want someone completely fulfilled by reading Sky Mall.

And if you’re one of the folks who actually likes to smoke weed, then you know an on-site lounge is necessary. Because the problem with getting high at home is that in the time it takes to get to the airport, check in, eat two Whoppers, walk to your gate, take a requisite pre-flight piss, board, taxi, and take off—your buzz is gone. We need pot lounges in the airport. And they should sell travel-pack brownies for mid-flight bumps to keep Bob quiet. Hell, airport pot therapy lounges could help save Ted Kennedy and, if the government will back off, become become part of a cancer-treatment regimen. We need them—for safety’s sake.

PS: Think pot-lounges at Sea-Tac are a great idea? Don’t like the idea of a stoner smacking on Cheetos in your ear? Rocky Mountain News is conducting a poll, and, at the time of this Slog post, the yes and no votes are neck-and-neck. 49% for, 48 % against, and 2 % voting maybe. Vote here.

3:30 PM UPDATE: Since the Sloggy masses started voting, the pro-pot-lounge poll has increased to an 8-point spread. But the conservatives are sure to get a second wind after leaving Wednesday-night mass. So, if you haven’t yet, go vote.

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great idea, except there will be a lot of missed flights. and the occasional giggler you might have to sit next to.

Posted by douglas | June 25, 2008 1:49 PM

This is the best idea in the history of mankind.

Posted by Mike in MO | June 25, 2008 1:49 PM

hahha heeh heheh hehe hehehe HA HA HA! duuuude... ha ha heeheh heh ... the flight attendant jus' brought me some nuts... ha ha....

Posted by CommonKnowledge | June 25, 2008 2:11 PM

Bonus: I love when Dan rigs online voting by linking them to slog.

Posted by vooodooo84 | June 25, 2008 2:13 PM


Posted by Rufio (From Hook) | June 25, 2008 2:16 PM

I am wholeheartedly in favor of this, esp. in of the many times I flew baked out of DIA. The only thing this might bring up is a stinky stoney sitting on the plane. I despise someone reeking of cig smoke, and I am sure someone would be put off by some viper reeking of the Mary Jane. So I think an outside puffin' area, however feasible, would be even better. Any thoughts on how to spare our neighbors on the plane the inhalation of the odor(of which an additional benefit would be that they would not talk to us to complain)?

Posted by P to the J | June 25, 2008 2:18 PM

I would imagine the airlines would be all over this idea. Think of all the in-flight snacks they could sell at outragously inflated prices. That right there could probably make up for the rising cost of fuel. I'm all for it.

Posted by Dave | June 25, 2008 2:19 PM

Only stoners believe online polls.

Posted by elenchos | June 25, 2008 2:19 PM

Aside: P to the J said the same thing as my comment timed out.

Aside from the various legal issues surrounding this (which are all stupid), the only real downside to this is the smell.

I mean, if I didn't like the smell of pot and didn't smoke it (ha) and I had to sit next to someone who reeked of it for an entire flight, I'd be pretty annoyed. It'd be analogous with having to sit next to someone who stinks of pecculi.

Posted by Brian | June 25, 2008 2:20 PM

i've taken pot cookies on the plane before. there's nothing quite like chasing the sunset heading east - to - west in the evening. it's beautiful. and it's true - i'm terrified of flying but when completely zonked, could have stayed up there for days.

Posted by kinkos | June 25, 2008 2:29 PM

decent idea but you gotta keep those pot brownies coming during the flight. Sobering up sucks, sobering up when youre crammed into a tin can with smelly fatso next to you sucks even more....

Posted by Wurm | June 25, 2008 2:36 PM

I hate the smell of pot, but then, I hate the smell of a lot of people on planes, too.

Al of this is, I'm guessing, contingent on a scenario where you could actually bring weed on a plane? (there was never smoking rooms on the visitor's side of where security is now) To me, that translates to a bunch of badly wrapped skunk-weed stinking up the cabin.

Plus, any increase in passenger absentmindedness has the potential to severely bottleneck security lines and boarding/unboarding, which would irritate the shit outta me.

But most importantly, if you think this is going to stave off any air-rage episodes, you have to first prove that those with the potential to be involved in such an episode are pot smokers to begin with. They probably aren't.

Posted by Dougsf | June 25, 2008 2:42 PM

And Yes has just taken a 55% to 42% lead! And I think it could be greater if some of the stoners voting didn't click the wrong tab...

Posted by P to the J | June 25, 2008 2:42 PM

whatever. in case you didn't remember, pot is a schedule 1 narcotic. you'd have to smoke your entire stash before security.

obama won't touch legalization till his second term, if ever.

Posted by max solomon | June 25, 2008 2:47 PM

Max, I believe I actually did that on my way to DIA once. I pounded a giant coffee and ate a cookie and made it to the plane and everything. Ah, travel at the end of a seasonal job....

Posted by P to the J | June 25, 2008 3:21 PM

this is a rad idea. you should repost the link to slog until the polling's closed.

Posted by tiffany | June 25, 2008 3:21 PM

Cookies or brownies are the answer.
No smell. Longer high (certainly longer than any domestic flight). Fat nap towards the end. What else do you need?

Posted by Mahtli69 | June 25, 2008 3:37 PM

A lot of people that smoke pot are annoying simply because they think you smoke pot too, and if you don't they want to smoke you out.

Drugs are a terrible conversation piece unless you're under the influence.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 25, 2008 3:40 PM

Watch out! Bellevue Ave coming in from left field with the non sequitur!

Posted by Brian | June 25, 2008 4:05 PM

This is a wonderful idea that will never come to pass.

All of you whining about the smell, have you ever heard of breath mints? Problem solved.

Given that a pot smoking lounge has exactly zero chance of ever passing, Mahtli69 has the answer: Pot brownies and cookies.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | June 25, 2008 4:41 PM

@20 The smell from pot isn't on your breath, it's all over you. And if you're baking in a room with twenty other people who are doing the same thing you will fucking reek when you walk out.

Posted by Brian | June 25, 2008 4:45 PM

Only a fucking stoner would think this is a good idea.

Posted by Greg | June 26, 2008 7:50 AM

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