Business: Smoking Break

Non-smokers won a small but satisfying victory last week. Pan American World Airways announced that smoking will be banned in three rows of first-class seats and four rows of economy seats aboard its 747 superjets. Unless the aircraft is full, non-smokers will be separated from smokers by a couple of buffer rows. Though it would seem more logical for the smokers to have to seek out special seats, Pan Am's decision at least represented the first recognition of nonsmokers' rights in the air.

The idea may be catching, and other airlines are looking into...

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