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USAF Investigating Intruder at Andrew AFB

An intruder reportedly gained access to the Andrews Air Force Base, possibly making it onboard an aircraft on the field. Joint Base Andrews is the home of Air Force One the presidential transport aircraft. The incident occurred the day before President Biden was schedule to fly aboard Air Force One to Delaware. The Air Force says they are investigating how the individual was able to get on to the base, which is located in the state of Maryland. No further details were available.

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28 NOVEMBER 2020: USA

Reports emerged that Marcus Monroe, a New York actor, uploaded a video on TikTok allegedly cooking a steak over a fire he had lit in the toilet of a Delta flight. Monroe later stated that he had faked the video and that the prank was intended as a joke about the lack of food and drink options on flights during the pandemic.

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11 NOVEMBER 2020: YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA

A Moscow-Yekaterinburg flight operated by Russia’s largest budget airline, Pobeda (a subsidiary of Aeroflot), made a number of diversions, tracing out a phallic shape in its flight path. It was suggested that the stunt was performed by the pilots in solidarity with the captain of the Russian national football team, who was dismissed following an alleged sex tape scandal. A deputy director at the airline was sacked in connection with the incident.

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10 NOVEMBER 2020: HONG KONG, CHINA

An El Al aircraft was delayed at Hong Kong Airport for two days after a cat’s paw prints were found on board a flight. The flight arrived in Hong Kong from Tel Aviv, where it is believed the cat boarded the flight. Flight crews laid down traps and attempted to locate the cat for two days – flights are forbidden from taking off with an animal on the loose. The flight returned to Tel Aviv on 12 November.

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28 DECEMBER 2020: NEW YORK, NEW YORK

An unnamed man ran from JFK after a loaded gun was found by TSA agents in his carry-on luggage. However, the man was quickly identified by the three forms of ID in his bag.

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22 DECEMBER 2020: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

The refusal of air traffic control (ATC) staff to submit to screening by members of the Airport Security Force at New Islamabad International Airport resulted in a physical fight between the two groups. ATC staff subsequently commenced strike action in protest impacting airport operations.

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22 DECEMBER 2020: BANGKOK, THAILAND

Ye Min Thu, a Burmese man, was arrested for trying to enter Suvarnabhumi Airport dressed as a pilot, and using a fake pilot’s licence as ID, in an incident the media described as reminiscent of the film Catch Me If You Can. Ye Min Thu had also portrayed himself to his girlfriend and family as being a qualified pilot. He was subsequently sentenced to eight months in prison.

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14 DECEMBER 2020: FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Nathan Larson, 40, a failed politician who ran for office in 2017 and campaigned for the legalisation of child pornography and incest, was intercepted by police at Denver International as he was in the process of trafficking a 12-year-old girl he had lured from her home in Fresno, California at 02:00 that morning. Larson had allegedly been grooming the child online since October. He made her take a ride-share taxi with him to Fresno Yosemite International, where he is believed to have touched her inappropriately before boarding a flight to Washington DC via Denver.

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11 DECEMBER 2020: CHANDIGARH, INDIA

Balkar Singh, 50, a police officer stationed at Mohali Airport accidentally shot himself dead at Chandigarh International Airport whilst he was cleaning his gun and trying to remove dirt around a bullet that was stuck.