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Farts on a plane!

Or, “It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup”.

It may be one problem airline security officials never envisioned — a passenger lighting matches in flight to mask odors from her flatulence.
The woman’s actions resulted in an emergency landing on Monday in Nashville of an American Airlines flight bound for Dallas from Washington, D.C., said Lynne Lowrance, a spokeswoman for Nashville’s airport.
Other passengers reported the odor of burned matches, but the woman was not forthcoming when asked about it, Lowrance said on Wednesday.

Maybe this is why the Automatic Targeting System cares what you had for lunch.

7 comments on "Farts on a plane!"

  • td says:

    How did she got the matches on the plane? I think these are not allowe

  • lyger says:

    @ td: here’s a hint: if metal detectors can’t even pick up a Bic lighter or x-ray machine can’t see an eyeglass screwdriver, how are they going to find a pack of matches? I speak from experience *coughcough*… 😉

  • Anonymous says:

    TSA permits up to 4 books of safety matches on board. is your “friend.”

  • What would you have to eat to produce dangerously explosive flatulence? A nice healthy lunch of Polonium 210, carbon rods and baked beans perhaps?

  • Chris says:

    There’s a “three ounces of liquid” joke in this somewhere, but I’m not going to look for it…

  • Anonymous says:

    Go to lavatory.
    Plug sink.
    Pour multiple 3oz. gasoline bottles in sink.
    Wait ~30 seconds for proper vaporisation and saturation of gasoline vapor.
    Strike matche(s).

  • Anonymous says:

    Why would they ever allow matches? It’s illogical if they ban all other sources of fire.

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