Thursday, December 07, 2006

Peace is in the air? Winds of war?

David Seaton's News Links
Zeitgeist alert:
No news is good news. You know it's a quiet and peaceful day when this item is front page news. Would a peaceful world be filled with news like this? Or if we didn't live in such a state of total paranoia would an innocent p├ętomane cause an emergency landing of a regular airline? DS
An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Nashville after passengers reported the smell of sulfur from burning matches. The matches were found on the seat of a woman who had attempted to conceal the odour of flatulence with the matches, Nashville airport authorities said. All 99 passengers and five crew left the plane while it was searched. The woman was questioned by the FBI but released without charge and allowed to board another American Airlines flight. "It was determined that she was trying to conceal body odour," said Lynne Lowrance of the Nashville Airport Authority. She had "no malicious intent but had struck matches which is against [Transport Security Administration] rules," Ms Lowrance said. The unidentified woman had an unspecified medical condition, Associated Press news agency said. She was carrying safety matches, which the TSA allows in carry-on luggage. The matches are not allowed to be struck, however.

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