Last week, folk singer and aviation enthusiast Vance Gilbert thought he’d pass the time on his United Airlines flight from Boston to Washington, DC, by perusing some books about old aircraft. This was apparently enough to set off alarm bells among the flight crew, who had the plane return to the gate where Gilbert was met by the authorities.

It’s good to know that books about old airplanes are as dangerous as 3.4 ounces of toothpaste.

  1. illdothedevilsdaughter reblogged this from fuckyeahwrecks and added:
    I once sat on a 737 reading a report detailing a(n incredibly spectacular) loss of a 737.
  2. h-monkey reblogged this from wilwheaton
  3. fuckyeahwrecks reblogged this from collababortion and added:
    Shit, I hate to think what would happen if they saw me browsing my own Tumblr…
  4. math-erin reblogged this from drst and added:
    This is absurd. The level of paranoia by flight crew, the obvious profiling, the complete lack of apology or...
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  6. periwackles reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    OMG AMERICA WOULD YOU STOP FREAKING THE FUCK OUT! YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO WIN THE LOTTERY WHILE BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTENING...
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  8. atlasimpure reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    I could, very easily, take down an airplane with 5-6 of those 3.4 oz containers. Security theatre at its finest.
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  10. jasonbennion reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    Good god. What the hell has happened to us? We’ve become a nation of pussies…
  11. merythapy reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    Now I’m glad I didn’t get caught that time I wrote a paper about plane crashes while flying overseas.
  12. r3v reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    Fuuuuuuuuuuu—-
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  14. mir777 reblogged this from khealywu and added:
    This is appalling.
  15. squeg reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    At least no-one went to jail that day. This kind of thing has got to stop. It’s worth reading the whole story.
  16. confessionsofatvholic reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    Yeah, man, that toothpaste is really gonna cause some PROBLEMS.
  17. arbet reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    Instances like this make Osama bin Laden proud of himself. He has succeeded. Good job, America, good job.
  18. deducecanoe reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    Now, I wonder, is this because he is interested in old aircraft that he was singled out, or that he was a black man...
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  21. salsgal reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    Wow. Wow.
  22. jaded-empath reblogged this from wilwheaton and added:
    It’s even better to know that United apparently doesn’t give a FUCK about this radical, upstart ‘Passenger Bill of...
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