Backgammon? Yeah. More like al-Qaeda-gammon.
Early Tuesday morning, when U.S. Airways flight 457 took off from New York heading toward Phoenix, things were quiet.
Perhaps a little too
And too board-game-y.
According to the St. Louis Business Journal
, three Israelis of Russian descent were on the flight. Their English skills were crude (red flag much?). Plus they acted weird:
One of the men tried to sit in an unassigned seat....Immediately after takeoff, one of the men began walking up the aisle. When he was instructed to return to his seat, he sat in another unassigned seat.
But no one was prepared for what came next. No one.
As KSDK Channel 5
Flight attendants grew further suspicious after seeing
one of the men handle an elaborate, odd-shaped case...The box was
revealed to contain a backgammon game.
Ground the plane. Seriously -- backgammon
? Do you know what "backgammon
" means, in the game? It means a triple loss of checkers. So. Do the math.
By the way, advice to terrorists: If you really
want to look normal, don't bring a social and stimulating past-time. Put on
headphones and avoid eye contact with strangers, just like everybody
The flight was grounded at Lambert Airport on Tuesday
morning. After a sweep of the plane and a re-screening of the
passengers, the flight resumed as normal.