Recent reports of near-misses in the skies near John Wayne Airport are bad enough.
But Orange County's commercial airport seems to have shifted from the scary to the bizarre over the past week.
Check out the rundown of five recent examples of weirdness involving planes arriving at or leaving from JWA, after the jump . . .
1) A flight bound for Orange County returned to the gate before takeoff from Denver April 21. Authorities then came aboard and removed three passengers–and later all passengers–before searching the plane. What raised the alarm bells? One of the removed passengers complained that the other couple snapped photos, which is perfectly legal. All the passengers had to take a different flight to LAX before being shuttled to SNA.
2) White dust appeared in the back lavatory of an Alaska Airlines flight soon after it took off from Seattle on April 22. Cops, fire crews and Hazmat crews surrounded the plane upon landing at John Wayne shortly after 4 p.m. The aircraft's 151 passengers and six crew members deplaned, and
authorities climbed on board to examine the dust . . . which turned out to be a
“cellulose paper material” (a.k.a. toilet paper).
3) Throwing stars used in martial arts were found in the carry-on
of a passenger traveling that same day on hopefully, for the crew's sake, a different Alaska Airlines plane out of John Wayne.
4) Yet again on the same day, a different passenger traveling on Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas from OC tried to bring aboard eight rounds of .22-caliber ammunition.
5) Another throwing star was found in the carry-on of an American Airlines passenger traveling on April 24.
In all the carry-on incidents, no passengers were arrested as the offending items were caught by TSA inspectors and never made it aboard planes at John Wayne.