You can get thrown off a plane in Europe for bringing a prohibited item on board, the catch being that the list of prohibited items has been a secret.
This policy, described by a legal advisor to the European Court of Justice as a “fundamental absurdity,” could be the subject of a Monty Python skit.
“You can’t take that on board!”
“I can’t tell you what.”
(Incredulous) “You can’t tell me what?”
“You’ll have to leave that here.”
“What you’ve got there. It’s on the list.”
“The list of things you can’t bring on a plane.”
“May I see the list?”
“It’s on the list.”
“The list is on the list?”
“What else is on the list?”
“I can’t tell you that.”
In the case that brought the whole thing to the European Court, the passenger was carrying a tennis racket.Presumably, tennis rackets are on the list of items that passengers are forbidden to carry onto commercial aircraft. But the passenger was not allowed to see the list – before or after he was removed from the plane.
The European Commission has now decided to make the list public.
And y’all thought the TSA was bad.