Saturday, July 23, 2005

Naked for takeoff

At Los Angeles International Airport, a man stripped to protest an airline's refusal to sell him a ticket and raced onto the tarmac.

The Canadian, who was turned away by Qantas Nov. 1 when he tried to purchase a ticket using an unrelated credit-card receipt, took off his clothes, climbed over a barbed-wire fence and ran toward a 747 as it backed away from a gate. He climbed into a wheel well and exited only after the airliner braked and authorities arrived.

An airport spokeswoman said the man suffered from bipolar disorder and had been listed as a missing person in Canada.


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