Vaporizers have been wreaking havoc on the aviation industry, so Congress held a hearing yesterday to debate “an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill” that would ban vaporizers and e-cigarettes on commercial flights.
While cannabis wasn’t the clearcut topic of for this debate, the ban would put a universal ban on any vaporizer, no matter if it’s filled with tobacco juice or hash or grass. The ban was verbally and vaporly opposed by California Representative Duncan Hunter, who revealed a sleek vaporizer, took a drag, and blew smoke in the face of his Congressional constituents:
“So, this is called a vaporizer”
As you can see, Ms. Candice Miller did not take kindly to this plume of smoke and tried to extinguish the cloud. But Hunter’s point was already made as the smoke quickly evaporated.
It’s unlikely that Hunter, a former cigarette smoker who quit thanks to this vaporizer, will get his way. But he does make a pretty decent point and one that’s worth exploring, because vaporizers on a plane are a dual-edged sword.
People drink on planes, and people pop pills on planes. While neither of those vices present any carcinogens or smoke in the air, both are far more mind-altering than a little tobacco juice or vaporized cannabis. One could also argue that certain approved vaporizers in a vapor section, like old-school smoking sections, would be a fun compromise.
But vaporizers certainly infringe upon the will of people who do not want vapor clouds or the smell in their personal spaces. Moreover, vaporizers in the last couple of years have been exploding intermittently, even putting some people in the hospital with severe burns and injuries.
Needless to say, the world doesn’t need vaporizers exploding in the sky. The world has enough explosions going on without vaporizers. It should probably stay that way.