Note: before I get into this post, let me state that I am far from an expert on what is considered a socially or religiously acceptable custom in certain parts of the world, especially Asia.

Sooooo back in June an elderly Chinese woman threw some coins into a China Southern flight’s engine as she was boarding.  A devout Buddhist, the 80-year old told authorities (as she was being arrested) that she threw the coins towards the engine to ensure her good fortune and safety on the flight.  She ultimately avoided prosection due to her age.

Wellllll it happened again.

Lucky Air jet (Source: Wiki Commons)

According to Channel News, another elderly lady tossed some coins towards a Lucky Air jet engine during the boarding process in hopes of a safe flight.  The flight was set to depart from Anqing.  Ground crew found coins on the tarmac after passengers reported the ritual to airline employees.

Lucky Air ended up grounding the flight overnight as a precaution and sent the passengers on another flight.

Crazy story, for sure, especially that it happened on two separate occasions on different airlines.  As I mentioned above, I’m certainly no expert on Chinese or Buddhist customs but hopefully something can be done to help folks understand that this act could in fact be very dangerous.


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen someone do during the boarding process?  Tell me in the comments below!

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