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2012-09-23 10:57:53 AM  
Photo of the perpetrator
www.bluesummitwealth.com

Admittedly it was easier when Frank Abagnale Jr did it.
 
2012-09-23 11:38:13 AM  

Nefarious: Photo of the perpetrator
[www.bluesummitwealth.com image 468x475]

Admittedly it was easier when Frank Abagnale Jr did it.


Darn it. I was gonna post a pic of that.

/shakes tiny fist
 
2012-09-23 11:39:22 AM  

Indolent: Darn it. I was gonna post a pic of that.


You and me and probably about 96 other Farkers.
 
2012-09-23 11:42:25 AM  
i2.listal.com

/obscure?
 
2012-09-23 11:50:19 AM  
That is a great movie
 
2012-09-23 12:21:33 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: That is a great movie


The movie doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of his scams, including conning his way out of Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.
 
2012-09-23 12:25:58 PM  
I'd try dressing up as a TSA agent but I can't get mu lunch muscle that big.
 
2012-09-23 12:26:45 PM  

calbert: [i2.listal.com image 468x330]

/obscure?


Not so much, no.
 
2012-09-23 12:28:15 PM  
www.scriptgodsmustdie.com
 
2012-09-23 12:31:03 PM  

Nefarious: Photo of the perpetrator
[www.bluesummitwealth.com image 468x475]

Admittedly it was easier when Frank Abagnale Jr did it.


The funny thing about Frank Abagnale is that almost nothing in his book (upon which the movie is based) checks out, except for check fraud. Keep in mind that many events he described were rather public, yet NO ONE from the era remembers him or remembers being scammed.

All those stories about him online use his autobiography as the sole source. Now case in point, he said agents were boarding a plane he was on, and he removed the toilet from the bathroom and the hole opened up into the cargo area and he walked away with the baggage handlers. He listed the specific model of aircraft, and people quickly called bullshiat. He admitted the work was ghostwritten, he only met with the author a little bit, and it's not all true.

Well the hospital he supposedly impersonated a doctor at for months, or the hotel he scammed, no record of him or anybody else doing that, no one remembers him. The literally THOUSANDS of real pilots he flew with in cockpits of commercial airlines by pretending to be a pilot himself- some of which he must inevitably had flown with twice- no one came forward and remembered him. And it's a somewhat tight-knit community, pilots tend to remember other pilots.
 
2012-09-23 12:31:36 PM  
forums.watchuseek.com

Attention passengers, this is your pilot speaking. Please remain seated as we approach St Paul, as I'm going to be doing a fly-by at the tower.
 
2012-09-23 12:34:17 PM  

Tom_Slick: Cerebral Knievel: That is a great movie

The movie doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of his scams, including conning his way out of Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.


Sorry but outside of check fraud, he didn't do any of that.

The irony here is that he DID pull off a titanic scam- making a big adventure book of fiction and claiming it as real, to the point where Leonardo DiCaprio played him. You shouldn't be disappointed, he TOLD YOU he was a con man!
 
2012-09-23 12:37:14 PM  
It's the seed of doubt. Say it - believe it. "I am...a commercial...airline...pilot."
"Cool!"
 
2012-09-23 12:37:20 PM  

Nefarious: Photo of the perpetrator
[www.bluesummitwealth.com image 468x475]

Admittedly it was easier when Frank Abagnale Jr did it.


O

TwistedIvory: Indolent: Darn it. I was gonna post a pic of that.

You and me and probably about 96 other Farkers.


One and done it's one of those times when you question why subby didn't just go ahead and make the reference
 
2012-09-23 12:37:57 PM  
Say, do you belong here?
pulls out mini liquor bottles*
My man!
 
Rat
2012-09-23 12:40:00 PM  
Really? You guys talk about Frank's book? We should be more concerned whether or not he banged any hot stewardesses along his route.

© meat and potatoes people, focus
 
2012-09-23 12:41:22 PM  

Oznog: Tom_Slick: Cerebral Knievel: That is a great movie

The movie doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of his scams, including conning his way out of Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.

Sorry but outside of check fraud, he didn't do any of that.

The irony here is that he DID pull off a titanic scam- making a big adventure book of fiction and claiming it as real, to the point where Leonardo DiCaprio played him. You shouldn't be disappointed, he TOLD YOU he was a con man!


They would have made the movie anyway.
 
2012-09-23 12:42:19 PM  

TwistedIvory: Indolent: Darn it. I was gonna post a pic of that.

You and me and probably about 96 other Farkers.


97
 
2012-09-23 12:43:25 PM  
Over in one. Someone get the lights on your way out.
 
2012-09-23 12:46:27 PM  
subs: Bottled water and nail clippers

I actually snuck AN ENTIRE MAN'S MANICURE SET on board in my carry-on yesterday. Including a LITTLE BITTY PENKNIFE.

The only reason I can think of? There are no nail clipper or penknife concessions at airports. Bottled H2O, however, is a profit leader.
 
2012-09-23 12:50:27 PM  

Fano: One and done it's one of those times when you question why subby didn't just go ahead and make the reference


Probably because the article did it first.

"The case is reminiscent of that of Frank Abagnale, who pretended to be a pilot, and whose story was made into a Hollywood film, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role."
 
2012-09-23 12:51:36 PM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Oznog: Tom_Slick: Cerebral Knievel: That is a great movie

The movie doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of his scams, including conning his way out of Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.

Sorry but outside of check fraud, he didn't do any of that.

The irony here is that he DID pull off a titanic scam- making a big adventure book of fiction and claiming it as real, to the point where Leonardo DiCaprio played him. You shouldn't be disappointed, he TOLD YOU he was a con man!

They would have made the movie anyway.


www.chasingthefrog.comwww.kepplerspeakers.com

Hey, wait a minute- he doesn't look a thing like Leonardo DiCaprio! No, no, nothing checks out about this at all- hey, everybody! Look! He's a BIG PHONY!
 
2012-09-23 01:08:45 PM  

martid4: lunch muscle


jokes24.com
 
2012-09-23 01:11:02 PM  

Oznog: The funny thing about Frank Abagnale is that almost nothing in his book (upon which the movie is based) checks out, except for check fraud. Keep in mind that many events he described were rather public, yet NO ONE from the era remembers him or remembers being scammed


People generally don't like to admit publicly that they'd been tricked. Companies even more so.
 
2012-09-23 01:24:23 PM  

calbert: /obscure?


What do you think is going to happen? It's already a meme.
 
2012-09-23 01:32:58 PM  
The TSA's job is not to keep terrorists off of planes. It's to keep sharp objects and potential explosives off of planes.

What do people think, some guy can just put on a pilot's uniform, hop onto a plane, charm his way into the cockpit and start flying around the sky?

Preposterous!
 
2012-09-23 01:40:42 PM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-09-23 01:43:26 PM  

calbert: /obscure?


Judging from the commercial flights I've been on in the last year, there hasn't been any new stewardesses hired since then.
 
2012-09-23 01:47:29 PM  

fredklein: Oznog: The funny thing about Frank Abagnale is that almost nothing in his book (upon which the movie is based) checks out, except for check fraud. Keep in mind that many events he described were rather public, yet NO ONE from the era remembers him or remembers being scammed

People generally don't like to admit publicly that they'd been tricked. Companies even more so.


Lame explanation. He was famous after the book came out, and people all over should be saying "hey, I REMEMBER that guy!" Shame?? Come on! Getting scammed or fooled by a famous, popular character would be an epic story.

And also, he's have KNOWN people who could be looked up for interviews. Now sure, any ONE person not remembering him or declining an interview proves nothing. But among the hundreds if not thousands of people he had contact with during his prolific worldwide scamming career, not ONE person has ever been interviewed claiming to have known him?

Aside from the 1980 book, he DID make one prior appearance, where he was introduced on a 1977 episode of the TV show To Tell The Truth as a man who impersonated a pilot, doctor, and cashed $2.5M in bad checks.

He alleges he was known to a number of governments worldwide as a wanted criminal. But again, there's no evidence of him doing anything that doesn't source from the book. No records or interviews and even basic fact-checking has busted some of his claims directly. I didn't find any citation of his arrest record. You also won't find any stories of the investigators chasing him, even though you could market your own book on that. No investigator or department has admitted to pursuing him, even though he's self-described as a wanted man with people and agencies pursuing him constantly.
 
2012-09-23 01:49:21 PM  
TSA! TSA! TSA!
 
2012-09-23 01:53:05 PM  

Oznog: fredklein: Oznog: The funny thing about Frank Abagnale is that almost nothing in his book (upon which the movie is based) checks out, except for check fraud. Keep in mind that many events he described were rather public, yet NO ONE from the era remembers him or remembers being scammed

People generally don't like to admit publicly that they'd been tricked. Companies even more so.

Lame explanation. He was famous after the book came out, and people all over should be saying "hey, I REMEMBER that guy!" Shame?? Come on! Getting scammed or fooled by a famous, popular character would be an epic story.

And also, he's have KNOWN people who could be looked up for interviews. Now sure, any ONE person not remembering him or declining an interview proves nothing. But among the hundreds if not thousands of people he had contact with during his prolific worldwide scamming career, not ONE person has ever been interviewed claiming to have known him?

Aside from the 1980 book, he DID make one prior appearance, where he was introduced on a 1977 episode of the TV show To Tell The Truth as a man who impersonated a pilot, doctor, and cashed $2.5M in bad checks.

He alleges he was known to a number of governments worldwide as a wanted criminal. But again, there's no evidence of him doing anything that doesn't source from the book. No records or interviews and even basic fact-checking has busted some of his claims directly. I didn't find any citation of his arrest record. You also won't find any stories of the investigators chasing him, even though you could market your own book on that. No investigator or department has admitted to pursuing him, even though he's self-described as a wanted man with people and agencies pursuing him constantly.


So this guy is the ULTIMATE scam artist, is what you're trying to say.

[ponders]

He's scammed literally millions of people and yet nobody's been hurt. I like it!
 
2012-09-23 02:30:35 PM  
Subby forgot shoes! Last trip I got sent to secondary because I had money in my pocket. Scary stuff...money...imagine the germs on that stuff!
 
2012-09-23 02:31:21 PM  
Suprised the plane got off the ground, what with the weight of those giant balls.
 
2012-09-23 02:35:41 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Oznog: fredklein: Oznog: The funny thing about Frank Abagnale is that almost nothing in his book (upon which the movie is based) checks out, except for check fraud. Keep in mind that many events he described were rather public, yet NO ONE from the era remembers him or remembers being scammed

People generally don't like to admit publicly that they'd been tricked. Companies even more so.

Lame explanation. He was famous after the book came out, and people all over should be saying "hey, I REMEMBER that guy!" Shame?? Come on! Getting scammed or fooled by a famous, popular character would be an epic story.

And also, he's have KNOWN people who could be looked up for interviews. Now sure, any ONE person not remembering him or declining an interview proves nothing. But among the hundreds if not thousands of people he had contact with during his prolific worldwide scamming career, not ONE person has ever been interviewed claiming to have known him?

Aside from the 1980 book, he DID make one prior appearance, where he was introduced on a 1977 episode of the TV show To Tell The Truth as a man who impersonated a pilot, doctor, and cashed $2.5M in bad checks.

He alleges he was known to a number of governments worldwide as a wanted criminal. But again, there's no evidence of him doing anything that doesn't source from the book. No records or interviews and even basic fact-checking has busted some of his claims directly. I didn't find any citation of his arrest record. You also won't find any stories of the investigators chasing him, even though you could market your own book on that. No investigator or department has admitted to pursuing him, even though he's self-described as a wanted man with people and agencies pursuing him constantly.

So this guy is the ULTIMATE scam artist, is what you're trying to say.

[ponders]

He's scammed literally millions of people and yet nobody's been hurt. I like it!


Yeah it gets all "meta" here. Apparently he's a fraud because he sold this bullshiat story about being a worldwide fraudster. But, he SAID he was a fraud, that's his thing. His claim to fame.
It's like "yeah, but you're not THE famous colossal fraud you claimed to be! This whole book-and-movie is nothing but a colossal fraud! ... oh... my... god! BEST FRAUD EVAR!"
 
2012-09-23 02:47:16 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-23 02:57:28 PM  
FTFA: A police statement said the suspect was held on suspicion of putting the security of air transport at risk and "usurping a title".

Hmmm, so telling a chick you're a pilot to try to get laid is illegal?
 
2012-09-23 03:04:35 PM  
If someone did this with real ID and just wore a pilots uniform and cleared security I would have no problem with it. Anyone who can pull the wool over the eyes of an airline deserves a free flight. Of course, if someone dresses up in BDUs and the airline assumes he is a soldier and gives him an upgrade, well, I am OK with that, too.
 
2012-09-23 03:19:14 PM  
Actually, it appears that nail clippers are no longer a threat.

In July I was flying from LA to Narita and remembered that I had a pair of nail clippers in my bag (I had just bought them at a hotel that morning because my nails needed clipping).

After entering security, showing my ID and boarding pass, I stopped at a garbage can to quickly cut my nails before throwing the clippers away (I know, gross...But I'd forgotten to cut them earlier).

I got a few nails in when the guy at the ID check desk turned around and asked me to stop because the noise was bothering him. I explained that I wanted to cut my nails before getting rid of the clippers, and he told me that they wouldn't take the clippers away.

He was right. They didn't... Even when I put them in the small container with my pen, wallet, phone and pocket change.
 
2012-09-23 03:40:16 PM  

lostcat: Actually, it appears that nail clippers are no longer a threat.

In July I was flying from LA to Narita and remembered that I had a pair of nail clippers in my bag (I had just bought them at a hotel that morning because my nails needed clipping).

After entering security, showing my ID and boarding pass, I stopped at a garbage can to quickly cut my nails before throwing the clippers away (I know, gross...But I'd forgotten to cut them earlier).

I got a few nails in when the guy at the ID check desk turned around and asked me to stop because the noise was bothering him. I explained that I wanted to cut my nails before getting rid of the clippers, and he told me that they wouldn't take the clippers away.

He was right. They didn't... Even when I put them in the small container with my pen, wallet, phone and pocket change.


But it wouldn't have bothered him so much if you had been clipping your fingernails.

Toenails not so much.
 
2012-09-23 03:43:33 PM  
With the current TSA rules, would the 12 Monkeys doomsday scenario be possible these days, or would the vials of pathogens be banned? Can a scientist still carry on samples with the right paperwork, or do they have to use other means to transport biohazards?
 
2012-09-23 05:47:34 PM  

stonicus: FTFA: A police statement said the suspect was held on suspicion of putting the security of air transport at risk and "usurping a title".

Hmmm, so telling a chick you're a pilot to try to get laid is illegal?


I've seen my older brother be both an astronaut and a cowboy!
 
2012-09-23 06:01:56 PM  

Mad_Radhu: With the current TSA rules, would the 12 Monkeys doomsday scenario be possible these days, or would the vials of pathogens be banned? Can a scientist still carry on samples with the right paperwork, or do they have to use other means to transport biohazards?


I'd think that, given their strict adherence to The Rulez, as long as your toxic material was in a container of 3 oz. or less, you'd be good to go. Hell, any mad scientist who wanted a 12 Monkeys scenario would just need to put the samples in a bottle marked "Shampoo" and he'd be waved through with a glassy-eyed, bovine stare.
 
2012-09-23 11:29:26 PM  
So.. I guess what the article is trying to say, he was a major security risk because he had: neatly pressed white shirts with epaulets, black trousers and jackets at his place??

Considering the incident happened in the PAST, and he did nothing on the flight except get a free ride, the security risk is boiling down to nice clothing?!?!?

Seriously?
 
2012-09-24 03:20:44 AM  

TheMega: So.. I guess what the article is trying to say, he was a major security risk because he had: neatly pressed white shirts with epaulets, black trousers and jackets at his place??

Considering the incident happened in the PAST, and he did nothing on the flight except get a free ride, the security risk is boiling down to nice clothing?!?!?

Seriously?


No, the security risk is that ANYONE with a white shirt, epaulets and black trousers now knows it's possible to just walk through the security gate with a wave and a smile, and the TSA goons will continue confiscating bottled water and pointy objects.

You know, like a terrorist.

See, this is the danger of looking for "dangerous objects" instead of "suspicious people." He looked the part, so he aroused no suspicion. But though he may have had the right outfit, did he have the right ID? No, and it didn't matter, because he looked right. And you've got everyone so conditioned to look for scary objects and scary people wearing beards and turbans, they're not thinking "Hey, I don't recognize that guy. Maybe I should check his ID!"
 
2012-09-24 10:17:18 AM  

Hale-Bopp: TSA! TSA! TSA!


In other news, this happened on a flight from Germany to italy.
 
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