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Some passengers aboard Canadian airlines are so hard up for a smoke that they are hiding in washrooms and even disconnecting smoke detectors, the Transport Safety Board of Canada said Monday.

The board said that there have been more than 330 cases of illegal smoking in the past 15 months and that the cheating is seriously increasing the possibility of on-board fires.

The board said there have been cases in which smokers have gone into washrooms and disabled smoke detectors or flushed continuously in an attempt to get rid of the smoke. Constant flushing risks overheating the toilet mechanism, the board said.

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