Continental/Alitalia smoking policies

 
Old May 8, 99, 6:09 pm
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Continental/Alitalia smoking policies

I am scheduled to fly a Continental/Alitalia codeshare in early June, Newark-Rome. I am concerned because I am a non-smoker and have serious allergy problems when confined to a "non-smoking" cabin; the smoke from the smoking section never seems to stay in its place.

It is my understanding that Alitalia still has smoking sections on its trans-Atlantic flights, and I am under the impression that the flights I am booked on are code-shares. When I called Continental to check, I was told that it's supposed to be a code-share, but that the government has not signed off on it yet, so Continental is still operating the flights with their crew and aircraft. But this same woman could not even pronounce Alitalia correctly, and further stated that today, ALL flights on ALL airlines are non-smoking, which is definitely not true.

I'm still wondering what the truth may be.

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Old May 8, 99, 7:48 pm
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Flew it a couple of years ago, and there was no smoking. Essentially it is a Continental flite with an Alitalia number. In fact, the poor passengers who didn't speak english were completely befuddled, as most of the cabin staff did not speak Italian. If you are travelling to Italy, this flite is far superior to a regular Alitalia trip, with their indifferent crews.
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Old May 8, 99, 9:21 pm
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This reminds me of the days I used to fly Milan-London on Italia. If I remember correctly, the smoking section was on the left side of the aisle, and the non-smoking section on the right sideof the aisle on a Dc-9.

Leave it to the inventive Italians to separate the warring parties.
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Old May 9, 99, 3:33 pm
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misternice....the old Eastern did that as well, domestically. it's not all that crazy. the way the old ventillation systems were set, the smoke drew backwards. you actually got more fumes sitting behind a smoker than across from one.
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Old May 11, 99, 11:21 am
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You'll be fine. The flight is operated by CO and they no longer allow smoking on any of their flights. I flew the trip 18 months ago and there was no smoking.
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