Let me start by saying I am an ex-smoker. That is, many years ago I was a pack and a half a day smoker. I am thus the worst kind of anti-smoker and have no tolerance for smoke of any kind. I still cannot believe I used to smoke on an airplane and shake my head even thinking about it.
This is one of the reasons I love skiing in Utah each year. They are about as anti-smoking of a culture as you can get. For many years, before others started catching on, I enjoyed being able to go into a bar and not come out smelling mundungus.
Europeans seem to be much slower in coming around about the destructive nature of cigarette smoke. I mean look at the large smoking room inside the KLM Crown Room lounge in Amsterdam. I doubt you will ever see such a room in a Sky Club or even thought about. But I am sure all of us have walked by smoking rooms in airports like Atlanta. Well, soon they will be gone if you are a Delta flyer and connecting in Salt Lake SLC.
NBC news, and others, are reporting that by year end all five of them currently open will be gone. I will not shed a single tear.
What that means for smokers is you must quit if you fly Delta (OK maybe wishful thinking).
No, what that means is if you have a tight connection you will not be able to quickly step into a smoking room and light up. You would have to exit the secure side and then hope you can get back through security quick enough to make your connection (if you don’t have TSA PREcheck you better get it NOW)!
Bottom line is airport space is really valuable and I think Salt Lake is once again blazing the trail and others will soon follow as we have seen an explosion of all kinds of retail and dining and new lounges in DTW, MSP & ATL and SLC is no different.
Will the end of smoking rooms in SLC change it as a connection point for your travels smokers? Or will this help you to quit once and for all? 😉 – René