Plane Grounded After Scary Note Found on Napkin
'I'll set this plane on fire' written in pencil
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2013 5:21 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Things you probably don't want to read in a note on an airplane: "I'll set this plane on fire." That's what was scrawled in pencil on a napkin found by a woman on an Egypt Air flight from Cairo to New York, and it was considered threatening enough that the plane was diverted to Glasgow, with an escort of fighter jets, the BBC reports. After three hours, the 326 passengers were finally allowed to disembark—but every single one still has to be interviewed by police.

"It almost looked like a child's handwriting or someone who has very sloppy handwriting, but it was very alarming especially these days when everyone is so concerned about safety on flights," said the woman who found the note; she's also a BBC producer. She said the mood on board became tense and "very scary." Scottish police confirm a suspicious note was found on board, but will not speculate on whether it was a credible threat.

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julianpenrod
Jun 16, 2013 3:17 PM CDT
P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } Since first being reported in 1997, chemtrails, the government program of impregnating the atmosphere with weather control chemicals from high flying jets, have overseen massive changes in the air. The worst hurricane season on record; tornadoes occurring where they were unknown, like Brooklyn; the largest year-to-year drop in Arctic sea ice coverage; the disappearance of bees; the National Weather Service having to recalculate wind chill to reflect that air now holds more heat than it used to; the arrival of unprecedented hundred mile per hour straight line wind storms called “super derechos”; the development of the first new cloud species to be recognized in more than half a century, the undulatus asperatus. One of the most egregious developments was the air losing its ability to support aircraft. About six of seven years ago, there would be about three weeks spates with air crashes daily or every other day events, separated by a few months. The spates got longer and the separations shorter. Now, it seems, there isn't a time when there aren't patches of denatured air in the atmosphere. Airlines use excuses now to avoid them. Delays and cancellations are epidemic. Accidents, malfunctions and incidents, on the tarmac or aloft, are at unprecedented levels, forcing planes to stay grounded or “divert”. Never before did a pilot refuse to take off because a young man about had jeans on exposing his underwear; never before did a pilot choose to fly with a damaged component, then, suddenly, just before take off, decide it had to be fixed; never before did a flight “overshoot its destination” because pilots were “distracted”. How did this note hang around for three hours before being found? Why was it found only when they were close enough to “divert” to England? Why did a BBC producer find it? Did they test passengers' handwriting to see what matched?
JUNIORHIGHTOWERTEXAN
Jun 16, 2013 10:28 AM CDT
A little note and yalls pantys get bunched up if a Texan found that note why hed wipe with it and toss it out the window aint no note gonna afaid a Texan. Texas Texas Pride Texas Strong Texas
bikpet
Jun 16, 2013 7:18 AM CDT
A BBC producer found it?? That is who you are looking for/