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Man nabbed for smoking on Malaysian Airlines flight.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 23 Kyodo

An Arab businessman has been arrested for smoking on board a Malaysian Airlines jetliner, becoming the first person to be detained for such an offense, The Star daily reported Wednesday.

In the Monday incident, the 31-year-old man on the 11-hour nonsmoking flight from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur International Airport was confronted about smoking by a flight attendant, according to the report in the English-language daily.

The passenger, whose name was not released, then became unruly and hurled abuse at the flight attendant, who later informed the captain who in turn contacted the ground control tower.

If convicted, the man faces a fine of not more than 5,000 ringgit (about $1,300) or a maximum two-year imprisonment under the Malaysia's antismoking law.
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Date:Jan 28, 2002
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