Thu, Dec 07, 2006
Insert Joke Here
An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency
landing this week after a female passenger lit a match onboard. Why
did she do it? Authorities say she was trying to disguise the smell
of... well, flatulence.
An unspecified medical condition apparently caused the woman to
pass an abundant amount of gas while on the flight to Dallas... but
passengers say all they could smell was the sulfur from the burning
match. So, the match did its job.
No matter how well-intentioned the woman's motives may have
been, though, it's still a no-no to light a match on a commercial
airliner. The TSA allows up to four cardboard matchbooks in
carry-on luggage or on a person's self, but they can't be lit.
"It was determined that she was trying to conceal body odor,"
said Lynne Lowrance of the Nashville Airport Authority to the
Associated Press. Lowrance added the woman had "no malicious intent
but had struck matches which is against [Transport Security
The plane was forced to divert to Nashville, where all 104
persons onboard the plane were led off, and rescreened.
The flight took off a few hours later... but the woman, who
wasn't charged in the incident, still wasn't allowed back on the
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