Thursday, August 28, 2008

Doofus Of The Day #62

Today's Doofus (possibly plural Doofi) is/are (a) check-in clerk(s) at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden.

A 78-year-old woman who was planning to fly to Germany from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport found herself taking an unexpected trip on Tuesday.

The woman misheard instructions from airport personnel, who directed her to an unmanned baggage conveyor belt after she had checked in.

Rather than placing her bags on the conveyor belt, she instead hopped on the belt herself, at which point she was whisked away to the baggage handling area, writes the Upsala Nya Tidning newspaper.

Within a few minutes, the confused woman was met by surprised airport personnel who were able to assist her.

The woman emerged from the incident without injury, and in time to catch her flight, according to the Arlanda police.

Hmm. I can understand an elderly woman getting confused - heck, it's happened to me! Still, I can't believe airport staff couldn't have seen her movements and prevented this accident. It reminds me of some of the finer moments of our very own Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) doofi in the USA - who, in my experience, seem to set the world standard for idiotic conduct, either not knowing or deliberately ignoring their own regulations, and harassing innocent travelers.

That's why I don't fly any more unless I absolutely have to.


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