Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel was, much to her chagrin, you can assume, hundreds of miles away, attending a Wagner performance (In Germany? You don't say?) when a half-naked man looking for a good time invaded her official airplane. I think it's a safe bet that "Der fliegende Holländer" can't hold a candle to a frisky fitness buff with a head full of ecstasy.
Really. I'm not kidding.
Germany is probing how a man, high on drugs and wearing only underpants, was able to board German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government jet.
The man, clutching a bag full of marijuana and ecstasy pills, danced on a wing, sprayed extinguisher foam around the plane and pushed buttons in the cockpit before finally arrested by police, according to a report by Spiegel Online.
Chancellor Merkel was said to be having a fine time at the Bayreuth festival in Bavaria while all of this went on. Or was she?
According to reports, "the intruder is thought to be a bodybuilder of Turkish descent who had had a row with his girlfriend before climbing over the airport's security fence and entering the plane through an open cockpit door." It took authorities, including "police, private security guards and members of the Bundeswehr army" four hours to get the bodybuilder off the plane. Well, that was probably a pretty big bag he was carrying.
In the United States, this would never happen. The Secret Service would certainly have subdued the suspect before partaking of his party supplies. And hiring a few friends to join them.
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