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Ramble of the Day

Air travel remains a very specific crapshoot. Some of life’s wildest stories come from air travel, and I’m [insert emotion here] to tell you that there is another: a woman reportedly got on a plane without showing ID.

As always, I’ll encourage you to click on the link for the whole story, but I must go through some of these details. The story sounds terrible, but very quickly gets funny before it turns into another typical air travel story. At the start, though, it is a story about a woman’s confidence.

Several Delta employees, including the pilot, reportedly tried to get her to leave the seat, but she wouldn’t budge.

”She said very bluntly, ‘I’m not moving,’” Jenni Clemons, the passenger whose seat was taken by the woman, told WFTV.

The woman, it turns out, not only did not show identification, but also did not have a boarding pass on her while she was on the plane. “Who knows where I threw it out? I just threw it out as soon as I got on the plane,” she said, per a video obtained by WESH.

The quotes out of this story continue in a terrific manner:

The woman was also reportedly unable to produce an official ID and tried to show a selfie instead.

”Ma’am, that’s not a government-issued ID. That’s a photo,” a flight attendant said to the woman in the recording.

”Well, this is just as good,” the woman said.

”No, ma’am, it’s not just as good,” the flight attendant replied.

As is the case with stories about air travel, there have to be delays, and this woman’s time as defiant hero quickly ended. After this woman was kicked off, the other passengers had to go through security again, and the flight was delayed three hours. She entered “live long enough to see yourself become the villain” territory, I’m afraid.

While it’s funny after the fact, it must have been outrageously frustrating for the other passengers. It is a special story that’s worth sharing, though, so share I must.

tl;dr: A woman tried to use a selfie as identification to get on a plane.

Links of the Day

Aston Villa has condemned fans who sang racist chants about two of the club’s players.

Fabian Delph has withdrawn from the England squad with a hamstring injury.

Today’s longer read: Shamoon Hafez on Calciopoli, the scandal that saw Juventus stripped of two Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B for the BBC