Maybe you’ve just been on your holidays, or are just about to head off so today we looked at a couple of travel related incidents.
I’ll be honest with you I’m not really that keen on air travel.
On the latest flight I was on, the people sitting next to me were scoffing all manner of sweets and chocolate together with an injudicious cocktail of drinks so it wasn’t long before the inevitable demand for sick bags, but at least it was nothing compared to the experience some passengers enjoyed on a recent Delta airlines flight from Atlanta to Barcelona.
That flight was forced to return to Atlanta after a passenger suffered from a massive bout of Montezuma’s revenge.
The horrific incident, deemed to be a biohazard, resulted in the carpets having to be ripped out and completely laundered.
On its return to Atlanta the plane was met by a bevvy of emergency vehicles and medical technicians
After a near 5-hour operation to thoroughly cleanse the aircraft before it took to the skies once more passengers described the plane as squeaky clean!
However it seems that passengers lucky enough to have been flying first class missed all the excitement, although they were awarded by visions of the crew dressed in protective coverings and gloves running back and forth.
But even if your were flying first class you might have thought twice before ordering any refreshments!
I wonder whether anyone will kick up a stink over the incident!
So what would you do if you found yourself on a plane being hijacked?
Well as for myself I would likely end up like the passenger on the Delta Airlines flight we mentioned earlier.
What I can be pretty certain I would not do is what Briton Ben Innes did.
He asked if he could take a selfie with the hijacker, SEIF ELDIN MUSTAFA.
This all happened back in 2016 when Egyptair flight MS181 flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked by a man wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest.
After the flight was diverted to Larnaca, all but 4 of the plane’s 56 passengers were allowed to disembark.
Ben later said that at the time he’d thought “why not” figuring that if the bomb went off, his fate was sealed anyway, but he also thought that if he could interact with the man, he might be able to persuade him to re-consider his actions.
At the end of the day, and after 5 hours, the man surrendered to authorities after which it was decided that the incident was not an act of terrorism and was because the man involved wanted to see his ex wife, who now lived in Cyprus.
It was also discovered that the belt of explosives was fake.
After all that excitement I think nI’m going to head home – by car!
See you tomorrow,