Anyone who’s ever travelled has experienced a flight delay, whether it was due to inclement weather, late arrivals, security issues or an 80-year-old woman chucking coins into the plane’s engine. Wait, what?
That’s right – an elderly woman delayed China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 on Tuesday after throwing nine coins into the engine just before she boarded. Luckily, a passenger who was boarding the plane behind her spotted the whole ordeal, and immediately reported her to the authorities. Although eight of the coins missed the target, the ninth ended up nestled inside the engine.
China Southern Flight 380 was delayed at Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport on Tues after an elderly woman threw coins into the engine for luck.. pic.twitter.com/wSSWJg9bcE
— Flight (@flightorg) June 27, 2017
It took the grounds crew a solid five hours to retrieve the woman’s good luck charms.
Despite this strange – not to mention completely dangerous – behaviour, her reasoning behind it was far from malicious. In fact, the woman said she tossed the coins in the engine in order to “pray for safety.” Right… because what better way to pray for a safe flight than to put the plane itself in jeopardy?
But before you go around calling this woman crazy and making viral memes out of her, it’s important to try to understand where she was coming from. According to the woman’s neighbour, she practices Buddhism actively, so this may have played into the superstitious behaviour. But our guess is that she took something that the Buddha said a tad bit out of context…
Now although this bizarre incident may seem hilarious to an outsider, the 150 passengers on the flight who needed to be evacuated certainly weren’t laughing.
And if you think the woman got off easy just because of her age, you’re wrong. Immediately after the incident, she was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
The moral of the story? Next time you’re boarding a plane, try your hardest to resist the urge to chuck your loonies into the engine. It may be tempting, but if you really want to ensure a safe flight, why not just stick to the luggage limit?