Rhys Ifans sparks smoking scare
Rhys Ifans caused a mid-air panic by appearing to smoke a cigarette on a plane.
The ‘Notting Hill’ actor was jetting from London to Los Angeles when he began puffing on the white stick - smoking on planes is banned - causing furious passengers to complain to staff.
The 41-year-old star caused further concern when he twisted the cigarette around and pressed the burning red ember into his lip - until staff realised it was a fake cigarette.
A source said: “He was sat in the first class area, and the passengers just looked on in amazement. One went to get the flight attendants.
“Rhys quite enjoyed all the fuss - especially when he was able to show he was actually puffing on a fake cigarette to help keep his cravings in check during the flight.”
Rhys was using a SmokeStik, a new invention which allows smokers to get their nicotine hit without having to puff on a cigarette.
The version Rhys was using, the SmokeStik Royale, was designed by socialite Lady Victoria Hervey and features her family’s crest.