The Dangers Of Telling Bad Jokes
You'd think an airline pilot would know better ... especially after a fellow employee had been brought up on charges in Queens, N.Y., for similar behavior in August ... but an Air France crew member was detained Friday after he allegedly made remarks about the plane blowing up as his baggage was being screened at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Associated Press reports (this time) an alarm went off as the pilot's luggage was processed through a screening machine. The pilot was called back to the station for a second screening. As security officials were inspecting his bags, the pilot allegedly joked about the plane blowing up, him blowing up and the story ending up on the front page of The New York Times. The TSA staffers were not amused. The security folks notified Port Authority police, who detained the pilot for questioning. The unnamed pilot was later released but his problems probably aren't over. The airline had to cancel the flight and put passengers on other planes bound for Paris. He also apparently didn't learn from the experience of a fellow Air France pilot. In August, another Air France pilot was arrested after allegedly telling a security screener he had a bomb in his shoe. No explosives were found on the pilot or the plane, but the New York-to-Paris flight he was scheduled for as a co-pilot was canceled. Philippe Rivere, 50, was charged with two counts of falsely reporting an incident. He could face a seven-year prison term if convicted on the first-degree count.