…but I’ve never diverted a commercial airliner.Posted: September 26, 2010
I have done things…
I am willing to admit that I have pulled a practical joke now and again.
I have glued lockers shut.
I have removed tires and left cars on jacks. Sometimes I’ve made cars disappear.
I taped someone into their office. I taped someone out of their car. I made duct tape insoles for someone’s shoes. I taped someone to a wall. I love tape.
I had someone who couldn’t get to work on time. I made him wear an alarm clock on a chain to our morning meeting for a month to cure him. Problem solved.
I’ve delivered a couple hundred pounds of concrete to one person’s desk and filled another persons cubicle with balloons.
I’m very proud of having rigged someone’s desk so that Rick James’ Superfreak played every time they opened a drawer.
I’ve found that a car is easier to fill with balloons than a cubicle is. Never leave your car windows open.
I inserted an extra slide into the PowerPoint presentation of a friend who gave his talk after mine. Three slides into his talk, the screen announced a ten minute break.
I found someone’s office computer unlocked and altered their screen saver settings to run jokes during a meeting.
…but I’ve never diverted a commercial airliner.
Authorities rightly redirected the plane as soon as possible and investigated the situation. No explosives were found. The man accused in the calls was so convincingly surprised that he was the subject of the investigation that the authorities came to believe that he was innocent of what he was accused of being involved in.
Diverting a flight is certainly an attention getter. But it is not cool. I’m a big fan of jokes designed to get someone’s attention and take them down a peg. I’ve even enjoyed those that have been played on me. This one certainly crosses a line. A lot of folks were inconvenienced. Someone could have been hurt.
I’m sure they’ll figure out who is responsible for this “joke”. The perpetrators of this one lack style. I hope they’re duct taped into a cell. It is really too bad Japanese beetle season is over; that one was really good.