Elderly Geezer Turns Into Twentysomething Asian Man Mid-Flight
Actual photos, via CNN
This happened: A guy flew from Hong Kong to Vancouver on an Air Canada flight on October 29. At the beginning of the flight, he was dressed as an "elderly Caucasian male" with oddly young-looking hands. Yet, at some point mid-flight, the guy went to the lavatory and "emerged an Asian-looking male" who appeared in his early 20s. How Benjamin Button! Or Scooby Doo! Or something.
This is the most amazing Mission-Impossible-esque quick change going down on a public airplane that we have ever heard of. According to CNN, Canada Border Services agrees, calling the incident an "unbelievable case of concealment."
Many questions remain. Why did he do this at all? Why be an old man when you can be, say, a young woman? And why change mid-flight when, clearly, your seat mate might notice that something looks a little different when you return? Beyond that, how did no one question the dude in the Halloween mask at airport security?
Among his other offenses, the man had more than his allotted one piece of luggage!
"The subject initially claimed to be in possession of one bag; however, flight crew approached the Border Services Officers with two additional pieces of luggage which were believed to belong to the subject. One bag contained the subject's personal clothing items while the second contained a pair of gloves. The third contained a 'disguise kit' which consisted of a silicone type head and neck mask of an elderly Caucasian male, a brown leather cap, glasses and a thin brown cardigan."
Upon landing, Border Services escorted the man off the plane, and he made a claim for refugee protection.
Air Canada spokespeople are not amused, and don't think Mrs. Doubtfire was that funny either.
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