40 Unbelievable Things That Actually Happened In Airports

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37. A football player made a bomb threat

During a 2013 security screening at Los Angeles International Airport, Aldon Smith, a 24-year-old linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, apparently made a “joke” suggesting that he had a bomb. Airport authorities subsequently arrested the player and held him in custody, with the LAPD later booking the player for falsely reporting a bomb threat.

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36. A cheetah got loose inside an aircraft

In 2008 a Delta airline baggage handler opened the cargo hold of a Boeing 757 passenger plane to discover a cheetah prowling around inside. In fact, the animal was one of a pair of cheetahs being transported from Oregon to Atlanta. After the big cat was eventually tranquilized and captured, however, it was eventually taken to its intended destination: Memphis Zoo.

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35. Passengers had to push a plane onto a runway

Yes, passengers in Siberia had to push their aircraft onto the runway in 2014. Once temperatures fell to below -61 °F, the plane’s icy brake pads wouldn’t budge, and so the craft became stuck in place. Then, when the pushback tractor failed to shift the plane, the passengers decided to give assistance to help get the flight going.

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