“They should shut it down,” he said. “It really is a health hazard.”
Smokers in the lounge one recent weekday afternoon were divided on whether the room should be closed.
Atoka resident William Turner, who was on his way to Oregon for the Fourth of July holiday, said he understands that other travelers might be bothered by his secondhand smoke.
“I'll just go outside,” Turner said. “It's the choice that smokers make.”
Rachel Bonney, an Army private who stopped at Will Rogers for a last cigarette before starting on a trip home to Syracuse, N.Y., from Fort Sill, said she was upset that the lounge would close.
“For smokers who don't fly a lot, you need a cigarette to calm you down,” Bonney said.
What will Bonney do once smoking is banned at the airport?
“Drink,” she said.