There are some bans that we totally understand. We would never argue that someone should be allowed to bring weapons on a plane, but then there are other items that are banned that probably shouldn’t be… like gum.
According to the Moscow Times, Pobeda, a Russian airline affiliated with Aeroflot, has banned chewing gum on its planes. The ban was put in place because of how expensive it is to scrap off the gum left behind by passengers.
Apparently, every piece of gum left behind was costing the company $1,749 to cleanup — that’s a lot of wood. “The airline sometimes has to spend up to 100,000 rubles in order to peel off one piece of gum and return the equipment to a normal state,” said Pobeda CEO Andrei Kalmikov.
Pobeda is known as a budge airline, which serves places like Moscow, Kirov Oblast and Volgograd. As far as we know, it’s the only airline to ban gum, but we have seen this ban in Singapore.
How Pobeda will monitor its passengers’ gum use is beyond us, but we can tell you, there will be a lot of un-popped ears on these airplanes — ouch.