A Tiger Airways passenger is being investigated by the Australian Federal Police after allegedly being caught smoking an electronic cigarette during a flight.
It is understood that AFP officers gathered at Melbourne Airport about 6pm on Friday, awaiting the TT 565 flight from Gold Coast which was carrying the offending male passenger.
A spokeswoman for the airline said Tiger Airways “has zero tolerance for smoking of any kind on board an aircraft”.
“The use of an e-cigarette on board the aircraft, including recharging, is strictly prohibited,” she said.
The spokeswoman said e-cigarettes emit a vapor which could offend other passengers, as well as set off smoke alarms, which happened in this case.
“They also contain lithium batteries which may be considered dangerous if not carried in an appropriate manner,” she said.
It was “standard procedure” to refer any passenger who had breached the non-smoking rule to the AFP, the spokeswoman said.
An AFP spokeswoman confirmed that officers “met a passenger” at Melbourne Airport last Friday after being informed that he was smoking on board the flight.
However, she said that as the investigation was ongoing, it would be inappropriate for the AFP to comment further.