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article imageUnited Airlines pilot flushes live ammunition down toilet

By Brian Booker     Jul 10, 2015 in Odd News
Apparently, a United Airlines pilot failed to notice the signs in the in-flight bathroom warning people only to flush toilet paper down the toilet. The pilot in question actually flushed live ammunition down the tube.
The pilot in this case actually appears to have been trying to act responsibly, though the logic of his actions certainly is questionable. After boarding a flight bound from Houston to Munich, the pilot realized that he had left some ammunition in his luggage.
First, the pilot tried to dispose of the bullets by simply tossing them in the trash. For better or worse, another crew member noticed the bullets while trying to find a passenger's missing ring and reported the ammunition to the staff. At this point the pilot tried to get rid of the bullets for good, sending them down the latrine.
Before the plane landed in Germany, the pilot reported his actions to local authorities, spurring an investigation by both German officials and United Airlines. So far, no malicious intent has been uncovered and it appears that the situation was an honest mix up.
Due to the threat and fear of terrorism attacks, pilots are actually allowed to carry weapons in the United States. In order to carry arms, the pilots must undergo special training courses, and their right to be armed is limited only to United States airspace. In order to carry a weapon, pilots must pass a background check and psychological evaluation.
Apparently, the pilot had removed his gun from his luggage, but forgot about the ammunition. It is illegal for a pilot to carry weapons in Germany, though it is not clear if German authorities will be pressing charges.
The pilot remains an employee of United Airlines, though an investigation is on-going.
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