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Monday, December 15, 2014

Weird news - Passengers removed from flight after tossing noodles at crew

After the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, the concept of flight security has become much more serious. It's not just hijacking (increased security measures ensures that it is more difficult to hijack a plane nowadays, and the penalties are much more significant), but even tantrums by passengers that were tolerated earlier, when airlines did not want to get some sort of action against misbehaving passengers are not tolerated now. At the minimum, when there is some sort of misbehavior by passengers, the crew and pilots would land at the closest airport possible, deplane the passengers who are involved, and in many cases, the local police would get involved and charges would be filed against the misbehaving passengers.
This is even the case when passengers have not really misbehaved, but have made some sort of joke about terrorism or bombs (acting weirdly since it would be clear that in an enhanced security environment, making such jokes is likely to get them into more trouble, as has happened once in a while). But when passengers take actions against cabin crew, there is very little tolerance for such actions and passengers are quickly offloaded. Consider this case where the passengers asked for some seat arrangements that was not possible by the cabin crew, an argument occurs and the passengers throw water on the crew and also throw hot noodles. In the current environment, pilots would typically try to deplane such passengers (link to article):
Chinese authorities vowed to severely punish Chinese travelers who threw hot water and noodles on a Thai flight attendant and threatened to bomb the plane after they became enraged over sitting arrangements. A Chinese passenger berated a crew member of the budget airline Thai AirAsia before pouring hot water and throwing noodles at her during a charter flight to Nanjing last Thursday. The flight returned to Bangkok and the pilot asked the passenger and her entourage of three others to disembark. They were reportedly upset after being told they couldn't sit together and even after a flight attendant helped them change the seats. In footage aired by China's state television CCTV, a male passenger loudly threatened to bomb the plane. He later said the attendant was scalded by accident during a tussle over a bill they had requested for the hot water.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Weird news - Broke into a store, ate and then went to sleep

The normal expectation from thieves is that they are very smart, can quickly make their way inside an establishment, break into safes, steal valuables, and leave no traces for the police to find (well, that they are capable of all of this is an exaggeration, but this is what movies tend to portray). However, one would think that there is a reasonable expectation that somebody who has come to steal something is likely to be sharp, not spending any more time than required and be able to quickly be out before somebody can figure out that there is a thief on the premises.
However, in reality, thieves can be blundering folks, leaving clues all over the place, and ensuring that law enforcement can catch and convict many of such people. However, one needs to be special to take steps that all but ensures that the person will be caught easily, without any major effort on the part of the police. What would one say about this thief, who broke into a store, stole some sausages, and then apparently went to sleep there, giving police no effort when they came to arrest him. And what caused all this behavior ? Liquor intoxication happened, ensuring that correct powers of judgment were out of the window (link to article):

The intruder then takes some sausages from the meat-processing business, goes back outside and then returns, grabbing a coat and falling asleep in the back office. Austin police officers woke up Ricardo Cardona, who told police he'd been out drinking, and charged him with criminal trespassing. It wasn't immediately clear whether Cardona has an attorney. The store owner says insurance money paid for a replacement door.

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