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Back when I was a moody teenager I took a cheap flight that involved changing planes and having to go through security again. My bags were pre-checked so, when I set off the metal detector, I honestly said to the security guy that I had no idea what had set it off.

Until, that is, he searched me and found the metal knife and fork stamped "KLM" I'd nicked off the previous flight.

Tell us your best airport stories.

(, Fri 3 Mar 2006, 10:09)
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Airports. I've been to a few
I've been frisked by men with automatic weapons at Dubai, after setting all the alarms in the world off, but my best ariport story is surely one from about 7 years ago in Iceland.

I'd gone out there on a week's holiday to see the volcanos, and being 15 at the time, and this being my first real trip overseas, was having a right old adventure. Part of the trip involved a visit to the Westman islands, or Vestmannaeyjar as they're known, to see the volcano that erupted an destroyed half the town there in 1973. To get there we flew out in this teeny little light aircraft, and me being big for a 15 year old had to sit in the co-pilot's seat. When the pilot got in, I found that I had a full set of working controls infront of me, including the steery thing. Fortunately, the pilot didn't pass out so I kept my hands to myself.

The airport on the island has two runways in a cross shape, and apparently you just land when you feel like it, as our aircraft had to abort at the last second as someone was landing on the other runway and would clearly have been in our path. It was pretty scary, but the view from the back of the plane was so bad, that I was the only passenger that noticed.

When quizzed about it later, our pilot merely replied that he'd never had an accident yet.
(, Mon 6 Mar 2006, 11:51, Reply)

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