Monthly Archives: March 2010

Top Five Worst Travel Stories of the Week

#1: The Make-Believe Pilot

A 41-year-old pilot from the Netherlands was arrested in the cockpit of his 737 as he was about to take off for Ankara with more than 100 passengers on board, because he was a fake. He is accused of passing himself off as a commercial pilot, but his license was reportedly a complete sham.

How’d he get away with it? The head of the Dutch Airline Pilots Association said, “It’s a bit like a driving license — it doesn’t normally get checked unless you do something wrong.” And that’s supposed to make us feel better?

Upside: Mr. Fake Pilot wasn’t completely clueless; licensed or not, he reportedly had been piloting passenger planes for a variety of European airlines for the past 13 years.

Read the rest of the stories here at ABC News /Travel


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