“Paging passenger Albert Cada… Passenger Al Cada you have a small ticking package waiting for you at your gate.” Ugh. It used to be that throwing down some hilarious “I’ve got a bomb” jokes at the airport was a big no-no. Well now would be traveling “comedians” have a whole other set of groaners that they can’t mention onboard airplanes. An unnamed passenger on US Airways Flight 845 from Philadelphia to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic found this out the hard way when he sneezed… and said;
“Sorry, I just came from Africa! I have Ebola, you are all screwed!”
Come on! That’s funny! Get it? Africa! Ebola!? LOL.
No really, that’s pretty funny.
Well the US Airways crew didn’t think it was a laughing matter. When the plane landed at its destination it was quickly met by a team of ambulances and medical professionals in blue hazmat suits. Looking like a horrific scene out of Outbreak– the hazmat suited team boarded the plane and detained the passengers there on the runway for two hours before giving the “all clear.”
You can watch the eight min video here as the flight attendant tells everyone to stay out of the medical teams way and letting them know what she thinks of the jokester, “I think the man who said this is an idiot.”
However, if I was sitting on the plane and saw these guys coming at me- I would probably crap out of every orifice. -Which I’m guessing would make the situation a lot worse. The good news is that the 54 year old man only has a runny mouth and is being returned back to the USA. Yay!
I think I just caught a load of Ebola in my pants.
US Airways released a statement about the incident:
“US Airways flight 845 from Philadelphia to Punta Cana was met yesterday by local authorities upon landing due to a possible health issue on board the flight. The flight was checked by authorities and cleared. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but the safety of our customers and crew is our primary concern.”
Once again I just want to remind everyone of my Four Rules Of Behavior On Board An Airplane. #3 should cover this guy’s issue.
- Sit Down.
- Buckle Your Seat Belt
- Shut The Fuck Up.
- **Don’t Masturbate (trust me, this one needed to be added.)
Do you think they overreacted to an obvious joke? Or is this type of caution the only way we are going to avoid the apocalypse?
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