Burning Question: What's a 'one hitter'?

On Friday, several news outlets reported details about the odd story of the flight of Mohammed al-Madadi, a 27-year-old diplomat from Qatar who apparently decided to take a smoke break in the bathroom of a commercial airliner en route from Washington to Denver on Wednesday.

Al-Madadi was questioned by federal authorities after he allegedly joked with a flight attendant that he was trying to set his shoes on fire. Air marshals activated a national alert, and fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane to the ground and detain the junior diplomat.

"Officials said he had been smoking a small pipe in the plane's bathroom," the Washington Post reported. Given that tobacco pipes aren't exactly trendy among the younger set, that raised the question of just what al-Madadi was smoking.

That question clearly intrigued Fox News' Shepard Smith. As this video posted on Mediaite shows, Smith grilled Fox's Catherine Herridge about the mysterious pipe.

"I was certainly left with the impression that it was not the kind of pipe that your grandfather might have had," Herridge said.

"I heard it was a one-hitter," Smith quickly shot back. "I have no idea what that means," Herridge replied.

In case you're confused, too, Wikipedia says it is a "miniature pipe designed for a single inhalation, or 'hit' of a smokable product, normally marijuana."

Shep Smith: Qatar Diplomat Was Smoking A 'One Hitter' On Airliner
(Mediaite)

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