Recently, authorities in Holland arrested to men who apparently tried to bring suspicious items on board an airplane. Apparently, the two men tried to smuggle on board the airplane a cell phone taped to a Pepto-bismol bottle, in addition to other strange items, in what may have been either an attempt to test airport security or as a misguided practical joke. Airplane passengers are reminded to carefully look at what they are packing when taking a flight as misunderstandings can frequently lead to arrests and jail time. Listed below are ten items which airline passengers should leave at home when flying.
1. Swords. Each year dozens of Americans try to bring swords on board airplanes, perhaps unaware that they must be stowed in their checked luggage.
2. Unopened Pop-Tarts. Apparently unopened bags of pop-tarts have been known to explode at high altitudes, which creates a harmless but very loud noise which could potentially distract the pilots.
3. While airlines passengers are allowed to watch movies during the flight, anybody watching a Steven Seagal film is asked to refrain from watching their movie for the duration of the flight.
4. Dental floss is now banned on all international, and most domestic flights, out of the concern it could be used to tie up flight attendants during a hostage situation.
5. Some airlines have banned the use of the iPad in flight because it allows passengers to read something other than the lengthy luxury item catalogs which described in painstaking detail over 3,000 products that you wouldn’t buy if you saw them in a store. Some airlines security experts fear that passengers could also use the iPads to learn to fly the plane once it is under their control.
6. Chewing gum. Nothing is more annoying than sitting next to someone on the plane who is chewing gum incessantly. Airline executives have taken note and have taken the bold step of banning chewing gum on most flights. They believe this move will help to induce a peaceful atmosphere during the flight.
7. Earplugs. Due to the need for airline passengers to remain attentive at all times for important messages from the flight attendants and onboard air marshals, earplugs will no longer be allowed. In addition, passengers who fall asleep will be kicked in the leg until they wake up.
8. Cowboy hats. The famous 10 gallon hats worn by a majority of the population of Texas are no longer allowed on airplanes due to the possibility that terrorists could use them to smuggle items on board the plane.
9. Cotton candy. A chemist working at Emory University discovered that mixing cotton candy with a 7-Up can produce an explosive compound. Ever since her discovery was made public, cotton candy has been banned from all flights in the continental United States, and as a safety precaution 7-Up is no longer offered to passengers while the plane is in the air.
10. In an effort to encourage airline passengers to buy airline food, bringing fast food such as McDonald’s onto the plane is no longer allowed. Publicly airlines say that terrorists could hide something in the chicken McNuggets which could be potentially dangerous, however industry insiders speaking on the condition of anonymity have said that the move was undertaken to help boost profits.
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