As you have probably heard by now, a UK bus was stopped on the M6 after a person enjoyed their e-cigarette during the journey.
Armed police then forced the passengers out onto the road, making them sit on asphalt and forbidding them from talking to one another. Helicopters overhead added to the drama!
I’ve heard two different stories.
1. That the e-cigarette was faulty and that vapor came out of the device.
If it’s a proper e-cigarette, this is unlikely to happen as a cut off in the battery would stop the device from producing vapour before it became noticeable. However, there are numerous cheap unregulated devices on the market which could have caused this.
2. That the person with the e-cigarette was ‘stealth-vaping’, secretly vaping into a box – and presumably alarming passengers.
Should it have happened?
Should the incident have ever happened? Were the police right to act on a report of smoke coming from a bag, or was it an overeaction?
Dick Puddlecote called them: Scenes of which we should be deeply ashamed of ourselves.
A couple of people on our facebook page agreed:
But most people felt the overreaction was understandable:
The Knock On Effect
Vapers on our facebook page are also expressing alarm that e-cigarette could now be banned on public transport.