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Why is smoking allowed in the loading area outside Wilmington International Airport?

Judy Royal
StarNews
ILM entrance sign

Smoking is permitted outside the entrance to Wilmington International Airport. (StarNews file photo)

We posed this question to Jon Rosborough, Wilmington International Airport’s director, and this is what he had to say:

“ILM was one of the first airports to go smoke-free several years ago. ILM does not allow smoking anywhere inside the terminal or in any of its other buildings on campus. We do, however, allow smoking to occur outside. Passengers that are smokers are very compliant with our no-smoking regulations in the terminal. They are currently permitted to smoke outside on the front curb before they enter the airport to catch their plane or when they are waiting to be picked up at the curb after departing their plane. All airport employees are not permitted to smoke in front of the airport terminal and are limited to areas in back of the terminal or the loading dock. This is our current practice.

“This is a very valid question, and ILM attempts to meet the needs of all of our passengers to the best of our ability with all of our policies and regulations. Periodically we review all policies and make adjustments as necessary or as required. We will revisit this policy along with others as part of normal process.”

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