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Why this Russian airline just banned gum

Packs of Wrigley chewing gum are displayed in Westerville, OPacks of Wrigley chewing gum are displayed in Westerville, O
Packs of Wrigley chewing gum are displayed in Westerville, Ohio.Photograph by Gary Gardiner — Bloomberg via Getty Images

A low-cost Russian airline just announced a ban on chewing gum. The reason? The cost to clean it up from inside its airplanes is just way too much.

The airline, Pobeda, says that cleaning up gum left behind by passengers costs up to $1,700 per piece, the BBC reported. “We have imposed a ban on chewing gum since the middle of June due to losses sustained by the airline,” according to a Pobeda spokeswoman to the publication.

And that’s not all the airline has to complain about either, apparently. Passengers are also reportedly stealing equipment from the plans, including life jackets.