NO SMOKING ON BOARD
A KLM flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was forced to make a diversion to Phuket that lasted 18 hours after smoke began to accumulate in the cabin when a passenger’s mobile phone overheated. The manufacturer and model of the phone have not been revealed.
A 12-year-old boy from Sydney managed to take a solo trip to Bali recently, after he stole his parents’ credit card in order to pay for flights and a hotel, travelling on a flight to Perth and then another to Indonesia.
TAKE A BREATHER
A 25-year-old passenger got a US$10,000 fine and was detained for 15 days after he opened an emergency exit door on a Lucky Air flight in order to get some fresh air while waiting to get off the aircraft in Sichuan, China, inadvertently deploying the aircraft’s evacuation slide in the process.
THE RAT’S OUT OF THE BAG
A passenger from Arkansas who lost their luggage after taking an American Airlines flight had their bag returned to them five days later, only to find a deceased rat inside. The passenger was given US$1,600 by the airline in restitution, the maximum international payout.