One Bird That Didn't Rise From The Ashes

Sometimes, ideas just go up in smoke. Freedom Air, a chartered airline for those souls who can't go without a nicotine fix between destinations, started in September amid much hoopla. Because smoking on virtually all domestic commercial flights has been banned since 1989, retired United Airlines pilot Ted Hall figured there would be a demand among his fellow puffers for friendlier skies. So Hall aimed to get around the ban with a private charter. He set up three round-trip jaunts between Los Angeles and Chicago on a 168-seat Boeing 727-200. One plus: A round-trip ticket cost $396, competitive with then-prevailing commercial rates.

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