Low-cost Russian airline Pobeda has banned pax from chewing gum on board because it is spending too much scraping it off its airplanes interiors.
The airline, which operates 17 routes within Russia, said it costs up to 100,000 roubles ($2,200) to remove each piece of gum left behind by passengers and to restore the equipment. That seems awfully steep, but as any school janitor knows, the stuff is hard to get rid of.
"We have imposed a ban on chewing gum since the middle of June due to losses sustained by the airline," said Pobeda spokeswoman Yelena Selivanova.
It is not clear how the airline will enforce the anti-gum policy, but a gloved hand and a menacing “Spit it out, Comrade” from a glowering flight attendant should do the trick.
DP isn’t just dealing with a gum problem though, as other guests are reportedly stealing thousands of dollars of equipment from its aircraft, including life jackets and safety instruction cards among others.
Launched last year, DP is Russia’s first budget airline and initially faced difficulties during its launch when EU firms from which the country had leased airplanes pulled contracts over the airline’s service to Crimea.
Currently, DP is thought to be the only airline to ban the use of chewing gum.