The penalty for tampering with a smoke detector is…

April 19, 2010

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These are scary times to be flying, what with nutjobs and clouds of ash and stuff. Passengers understandably are attuned to the slightest indication that there may be something amiss.

POPE-MALTA/Which is why you probably don’t want to be settling in shortly after take-off and see the pope walk into your cabin. I mean, that can’t be a good sign, can it?

“Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for flying Alitalia today. My name is Benedict, and my cardinals and I will do our best to make this a great flight for you.

“All of our movies today will be in Latin, on all channels. Please note your in-flight magazine says we’re showing ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ but that won’t be available due to technical difficulties.

We will start your entertainment momentarily. We will be coming around with beer, wine, cocktails and little bowls of salty nuts.

“An icy cold glass of pinot grigio is going to taste pretty nice, huh? But first, a three-hour mass… Pretend I’m standing on a little balcony…”

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Pope Benedict answers reporters’ questions during a news conference aboard his flight to Malta, April 17, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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The guy behind him on our left has definitely spotted a wise-ass – “I’ve got my eye on you – don’t mess with the boss, or we bring in the nuns with rulers”.

Posted by BethyB | Report as abusive

Mama always said – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. I think I’ll follow her advice on this.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

yo yo yo… big pops’s in the house.. sorry :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

The newest gimmick to bring in paying travelers to economically struggling airlines is the “Karaoke Flight”…

Posted by justK | Report as abusive

You know K, I was just thinking the same thing… Maybe the Pope is singing something really nicely, and the people(reporters!) are trying to move to the rear of the aircraft to admire the sound quality better… No offense meant at all!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Typical catholic flight, no one sits up front.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Nice one, K, although I am not sure I’d pay a lot to listen to the Pope doing karaoke.

Unless I chose the tune he’s to sing to, in which case I’d certainly pay a substantial amount of money, in spite of the potential consequences…

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

There were NO flights leaving Italy on April 17, 2010.

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive

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I, too, am taking Dave’s Mum’s advice on this one.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

hahhah Robert Basler you are the BEST!!!

Posted by Caglar | Report as abusive

“You are the dancing queen, young and sweet only 17…”.

Well, that’s what’s he’s singing in my head.

Posted by LMR | Report as abusive

The guy on his right looks like a younger Dick Cheney. Hopefully he didn’t bring his shotgun.

Posted by cheftryg | Report as abusive

Thanks for putting that song in my head, LMR…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

LMR, fine one!!! *chuckle* *chuckle* *chuckle*

I spit my coffee through my nose on that comment!!

Now I have a lot of cleaning up to do, but it’s well worth it. Hope the keyboard doesn’t die out on me after this!

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

LMR, it’s either that or “It’s raining men, Alleluyah it’s raining men, heeey”

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

I have thought long and hard about this one and I have come up with this…. I like airplanes!!

Yup, I do.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

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