Friday, December 08, 2006

And now for something completely different

My brother sent this to me and I decided to pass it along (I apologize in advance for the pun).

Plane forced to land after passenger passes gas, lights match to cover

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It is considered polite to light a match after
passing gas. Not while on a plane.

An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing
Monday morning after a passenger lit a match to disguise the scent of
flatulence, authorities said.

The Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Nashville after several
passengers reported smelling burning sulfur from the matches, said
Lynne Lowrance, spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport
Authority. All 99 passengers and five crew members were taken off and
screened while the plane was searched and luggage was screened.

The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in
an attempt to conceal a “body odor,” Lowrance said. She had an
unspecified medical condition, authorities said.

“It’s humorous in a way but you feel sorry for the individual, as
well,” she said. “It’s unusual that someone would go to those measures
to cover it up.”

The flight took off again, but the woman was not allowed back on the
plane. The woman, who was not identified, was not charged in the

Now as funny as this is I'd like to ask how did someone get matches on a plane. Wouldn't that be an item people would be prevented from taking on a plane?

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