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The question is self explanatory: Were passengers aboard rigid airships filled with hydrogen, like the Hindenburg, allowed to smoke?

  • I'm not sure how to check, but one would imagine so. It wasn't the passenger compartment that was full of hydrogen. – T.E.D. Jul 11 '15 at 3:11
  • @T.E.D. - I was thinking more about the whole "If a fire breaks out we'll plummet from the sky like a stone, but at least we'll probably blow up before we hit the ground" aspect. :) – Wad Cheber Jul 11 '15 at 3:14
  • @T.E.D. - It would appear from the answer that the ship's designers shared my concerns about the dangers presented by smoking aboard the Hindenburg. Who knew? – Wad Cheber Jul 11 '15 at 3:27
  • Typing two words "smoking, dirigible" on the Google gives you immediate answer. – Alex Jul 11 '15 at 7:34
  • Do some preliminary research about the Hindenberg; hydrogen is not explosive and the speed and ferocity of the flames that consumed the Hindenberg had more to do with a chemical that had been sprayed on the skin of the gasbag to resist weather. – Mark C. Wallace Jul 11 '15 at 11:30
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Smoking was allowed on the hydrogen filled zeppelin, the Hindenburg, but only in a specially made pressurized smoking room.

the smoking room was separated from the rest of the passenger section by a double-door airlock.

The smoking room was closely monitored at all times by a member of the zeppelin’s staff, and only one electric lighter was provided; no matches, lighters, or other open flames were allowed anywhere on the airship

  • That was quick. Excellent answer, and thank you. – Wad Cheber Jul 11 '15 at 3:25
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    Interesting they should take such precautions, when the engines were sparked (e.g. dual-fuel gasoline/gas burners on the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin). – ALAN WARD Jul 11 '15 at 10:20

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