Baggage Handler Damages Plane…to the Tune of $1.6M

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Everyone has a bad day now and then, though we’d like to think they they are few and far between for surgeons, air traffic controllers, crane operators and anybody else with life-or-death responsibilities. You wouldn’t think baggage handlers would fit into that category, but it turns out that a lapse by a baggage handler can be both extremely dangerous and costly.

A British Airways flight from Heathrow to Bucharest was about to take off when a loud bang was heard. That was the sound of a handheld scanner being sucked into one of the jet engines. The device, which is used to scan the barcodes on luggage, was mistakenly left on the engine cover during loading. Luckily, the plane was still one the ground. Passengers were evacuated from the plane and the flight was cancelled. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service at a cost of $1.6M. Oops-a-daisy.

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