Man Without Qualities

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

This Raises A Few Questions For The Airport Security Officials In Charge

A homesick shipping clerk had himself shipped from New York to Dallas in an airline cargo crate, startling his parents -- and a deliveryman -- when he broke out of the box outside their home. .... His box was carried in the pressurized, heated cabins, but could just as easily have been placed in the lower, unpressurized holds, said Richard G. Phillips, chief executive of Pilot Air Freight.

"He could easily have died" ... The freight cost -- billed to [his] employer -- was $550. At that rate, "he could have flown first-class."

Of course, many students have contemplated this particular method of transportation. But few have had the wherewithal to try it ... and survive.

UPDATE: It seems the auto-shipping clerk's big mistake was not telling the authorities that he was just testing airport security for a piece he was preparing for ABC News.

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