Air travel–even with all of the added security and hassle–still has its benefits. The ease and speed of travel has made our planet a global city. We can visit friends and family that would otherwise be too far away. We can vacation in exotic locales. Airlines have taken some steps to remain profitable that make flying less desirable. For instance, meals are rare on the plane these days. And if you get a meal it is probably better left uneaten, take the example of a microwaved cheese pizza that I was recently served along with a bag of M&M’s. Now it looks as if they would like to take away one more perk of flying.
Megan and I have joked about how "no one can hear you fart on an airplane." The luxury of relieving gastro-intestinal pressure in a public place without sideways stares is quite satisfying. However, this woman found that extra effort to remain anonymous can cause serious problems. The article in the link describes how a woman lit a match on a plane to disguise the smell of her flatulance–the apparent result of an undisclosed medical condition. After smelling the sulfurous fumes from the match, the crew opted for an emergency landing. The woman was not charged with any crime nor was she allowed back on the plane when it departed. My question is: how did she manage to get matches onto the plane?