As they say, there’s nothing to lose if one believes in superstition. However, it’s an entirely different story if these beliefs are against established rules or even basic common sense, the believers might get into trouble especially if they’re compromising other people’s safety.
Just take this Chinese passenger, for example. Police detained him for throwing three coins at a plane for good luck before take-off in central China.
The CCTV footage of the incident shows the 31-year-old man surnamed Xia dropping the coins through a gap between the plane and jet bridge just before walking onto the flight at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Hubei province. He was boarding with his wife and daughter.
Three 1 yuan coins were found on the ground near the engine, and a security personnel immediately informed the airline staff.
As a result of Xia’s actions, Hainan Airlines flight 7783 departing for Urumqi, Xinjiang was delayed for 40 minutes, affecting 101 passengers on the plane.
Xia later told police that his mother-in-law insisted he practiced the superstitious act for a good flight as it was his four-month-old daughter’s first time flying. Xia was detained for endangering passenger safety for 10 days in Wuhan, while his wife continued to Urumqi with their daughter.
While many will quickly condemn the man’s bizarre action, this is not the first time a passenger has attempted to toss coins into an aircraft engine for good fortune and a safe flight.
In March 2019, two women in their mid-20s were removed from a Lucky Air flight after they admitted to tossing coin as they were boarding a plane at Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport in Shandong province.
In February, a man caused $21,000 in damage and caused a delay to his flight after throwing two one yuan coins at the engine of a Lucky Air plane. Officials found the coins on the ground near the engine and canceled the flight over security concerns and forced 162 passengers to wait for a flight the next day.
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