Strange But True Aviation News


When credit can be dangerous. A folding credit card knife hidden inside a cardboard instant coffee container in passenger’s carry-on bag was among the things found by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners in airport checkpoints across the country, reports the TSA Blog. During the week of March 20, screeners also found 45 firearms, with 41 loaded and 13 with rounds chambered.

Celebrities behaving badly. Conrad Hughes Hilton, the younger brother of Paris Hilton, has pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting flight attendants on a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles in 2015, reports the Los Angeles Times. After boarding the flight, he was disruptive, assaulting a flight attendant and threatening another one. His sentencing is scheduled for July 10.

What’s that smell? A British Airways flight from London to Dubai turned back 30 minutes after taking off after passengers complained of a “foul odor” coming from an overflowing toilet, reports the Daily Mail. The flight returned after crewmembers were not able to fix the toilet and the smell became too much for passengers seated near the lavatory.

He didn’t want to declare this stuff. A flight attendant for Jet Airways was arrested at India’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport after being caught smuggling in four kilograms of gold and 145 cut diamonds, reports DNA India. The flight came from Dubai, where the attendant admitted he was handed the gold and diamonds from a passenger.

We’ll end the week with this story from Flight Club, which shows an amazing video of an Embraer E190 jet making a very close landing at the world-famous aviation geek spotting site of St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport. Enjoy!


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