Smart Thinking: Flight Delayed After Passenger Throws Handful Of Coins In Engine 'To Pray For Safety'

June 29, 2017


Because what's an airplane if not a flying wishing well, a China Southern Airlines flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou was delayed more than five hours after an 80-year old passenger threw a handful of coins into one of the plane's engines prior to boarding 'to pray for safety'. Amazing. No word if she also poured salt in the fuel tank.

Police apprehended the passenger, and the maintenance crew conducted a thorough sweep of the plane's engine just to make sure it wouldn't burst into a million little pieces mid-flight. Somehow, the airline managed to convince everyone onboard they weren't going to die, and sent the flight on its way a little before 6 PM--more than five hours after its scheduled departure. It touched down in Guangzhou at about 8:30 PM.

People: they're full of great ideas. Like before I go on a road trip I like to loosen my wheel bolts and brake line so they don't have as much strain on them during the long tip. *tapping head* I'm a thinker. "How are you not dead?" I also cut my safety belt out to make suspenders.

Thanks to Keith, who always rips his rearview mirror off for good luck.

  • Hhurdd

    But the coins worked? They got there safely right?

  • iofo61

    To be fair, she is old. And back in the day, you used to always throw some coins in the mouth of the flying dragon before you went on a ride to ensure a happy lucky good fortune.

  • Megatron Jenkins

    What flying dragon do you speak of, and where can I find one?

  • TheQiwiMan

    How was an 80 year old able to get close enough to an engine to successfully throw the coins in?

  • Captain Pete

    they use stairs, so they can walk fairly close to an engine. The people on the plane have no idea how lucky they really were. I'd be leaving my entire estate ( well some of it anyway) to the guy that spotted it and demanded an extraction team be sent in

  • The_Wretched

    Skyways aren't everywhere. Rolling ladders and walking on the tarmac is.

  • Meh

    And this is why i love the Chinese, they have their rituals, sure they don't work but atleast they have a great culture.

  • The_Wretched

    I just want to get to throw handfulls of metal at people and places and things.

  • Ollie Williams

    I hope she got fined, heavily.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I don't know how much that funny money is worth but she most definitely didn't get any of her pocket change back.

  • The_Lady_in_the_Van

    Religion, everybody.

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