Don’t Smoke! Estonian Siblings Fined 20K THB Each For Smoking On AY89 HEL-BKK Flight

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Not sure why this Estonian couple thought that it was a good idea to smoke several times (five to be precise) inside lavatory on a Finnair flight AY89 from Helsinki to Bangkok on Friday last week?

Thai PBS

The flight attendants had warned the siblings not to smoke but they had continued the activity regardless.

Here’s what the Thai PBS is reporting (access the entire article here):

The incident took place on a Finair flight AY089 bound for Bangkok from Finland on Friday.

Flight attendants reportedly told police at Suvarnabhumi international airport that the two brother and sister, Alexandr Nikforovx and Mrs Svetlana Galkinax, defied their warnings not to smoke in the plane and allegedly smoked five times in the toilet.

The two were booked and escorted by police to the Suvarnabhumi police station which is situated in the airport.  They were eventually told that they broke the aviation law which bans in-flight smoking and face five-year jailterm and/or a fine of up to 20,000 baht.


You sometimes hear cockpit crews smoking on flights (they can pretty much do whatever they want) but not so much about passengers puffing away.

I believe that I was on some flights in early 1990’s were smoking was still allowed and definitely remember being on Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Toronto perhaps 7 – 10 years ago were electronics cigars were still allowed in business (crew were giving them to passengers).

These Estonians got off quite lightly in my opinion. 20,000 THB is just bit more than 500 EUR. Surprised that they didn’t send them back to Estonia on the next Finnair flight (that’s what I would have done).

If someone is so addicted to nicotine, they probably should carry some nicotine gum or those patches that are sold at pharmacies. Definitely cheaper than paying the fine or facing far more stronger penalties at other countries.

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  • Roger Wilco

    The flight was AY89 (correct in the original news article)
    AY69 is HEL-HKG

  • Denis D

    Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Toronto perhaps 7 – 10 years ago were electronics cigars were still allowed in business (crew were giving them to passengers)

    Never was a practice in Aeroflot – cabin crew handing electronic cigars to passengers.

    • This happened on the flight that I was. I chatted with the person who was puffing away the electronic cigarette. Was Aeroflot selling those in Duty Free?

    • Checked my emails and this Aeroflot flight was back in 09.

      • Denis D

        If I recall correctly electronic cigarette were not that common in 2009, they made their wide debut a bit later and were very quickly banned by most (if not all) airlines.
        In 2008-2010 I lived in Moscow and used to take 60-80 flights with Aeroflot annually. I can’t recall a single smoking incident onboard and the crew were always very strict towards smoking or excessive drinking. Can’t say about their duty offerings but I seriously doubt they ever sold e-cigaretts on board (and even more e-cigaretts for consumption). What I remember onboard behaviour rules were strictly enforced (with a couple of incidents making headlines in Russia when drunk pax were arrested on arrival). At that time Aeroflot didn’t even serve or offered of sale alcohol in economy class on longhaul domestic flights and flights to Thailand.
        Taking into account what I wrote and my 200+ flights experience I simply can’t believe crews handing e-cigaretts for consumption on board. I’m pretty shocked your mate was allowed to smoke in a cabin.
        John, with all the respect, it really looks like the regular Westerners bushing on Aeroflot. When I tell my friends I was going to take an Aeroflot flight I was always met with rolling eyes and compassion. The airline is far from great, but it’s absolutely fine to fly, definitely not worse than AF or LH in economy, no drunken Russians and bears on unicycles dancing in aisles.

  • Marek

    those were Russians, not Estonians. Dont blame Estonia for these rude illegal migrant’s behaviour 🙂

    • Любовь Крайнова

      Убогий чухонец? LOL:)

  • Es Pats

    “Surprised that they didn’t send them back to Estonia on the next Finnair flight” – much better to leave them at BKK with a need to buy new ticket on other Airline.

  • Danny Martello

    Far too lenient a fine. In fact quite irresponsible on behalf of the authorities. This might even encourage other morons to do the same as a sort of challenge. Smoking in the lavatories can lead to a very serious situation.

  • Angus B

    They were fortunate. I was on a flight from Toronto to Vancouver a few years ago when a similar situation occurred. The offender was able to get off the plane first… the company of RCMP officers.

  • Gary