Americana: About Non-Smokers' Rights

Like Emerson and Thoreau, his predecessors in the proud Massachusetts town of Concord, John McAward stands up for his rights.

Checking in at Boston's Logan Airport for a flight to New york City, McAward was told there were no available seats in the nonsmoking section. He had a right to such a seat, he insisted, so the gate agent allowed him on board to see if some arrangement could be worked out. As the plane started taxiing down the runway, McAward took a seat on the tobacco side of the SMOKING/NO SMOKING sign and asked a flight attendant to move...

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