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Putout passenger hankering for a puff contributes to delaying plane takeoff

Sep 15, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Five-hour delay caused by unavailable luggage and passenger demanding to smoke

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Unavailable luggage for 250 people aboard a Wizz Air flight from Israel to Romania combined with a passenger who claimed he had a permit to smoke cannabis combined this week for a hairy five-hour delay getting off the ground.

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Times of Israel reports that the flight out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport was delayed for five hours and tensions were running high, with plenty of ire directed at the airline and its staff.

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Things hit the fan when passengers, preparing to depart, were told their luggage had not been loaded onto the aircraft and would not be at their destination when they touched down in Bucharest.

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Angered, some of the passengers reportedly refused to sit in their seats and some made a mess. After a delay of about four hours, one man allegedly said he wanted to be able to smoke cannabis. Police were eventually called in.

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A video posted on Mako shows passengers commenting and sometimes arguing, as officers appear to investigate.

Per The Independent, some media reports do not mention any intention by the man to smoke cannabis, just a cigarette.

The Times of Israel, however, reports the would-be smoker claims on the video. “I want to smoke a cigarette…I’ve been here for four hours, I’m going to smoke a cigarette! I smoke weed! I’m sick, I’m allowed to smoke weed, I have a permit.”

The publication notes other passengers argued in the man’s defence — it’s not clear if that was meant for the tobacco or for weed.

According to Herb, the video shows the alleged medical marijuana patient talking to two police officers.

Although legal for medicinal use in Israel, cannabis is still not allowed recreationally, according to Cannigma.

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A draft of regulations to decriminalize adult-use weed, making it an administrative offence punishable by a fine, was released by the government earlier in 2022. However, those rules have reportedly been deferred.

As of Apr. 1, 2019, information from the government notes a first-time offence for possessing or using cannabis or hashish for self-consumption, or a second-time offence committed within five years, was made a special offence, punishable by fine.

The penalty for a first offence was set at the equivalent of about $385, with that fine — which Israel Police point out can be paid online, by phone or at a post office — doubled for a second offence.

Despite the delay and frayed nerves of passengers, an eye witness on the plane that day noted responding officers did not find any cannabis and managed to calm everyone down. The pilot then determined the situation was safe to fly.

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