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British Airways Publishes Fake Boarding Pass for Osama Bin Laden

Osama bin Laden's Boarding PassIf we were unlucky enough to run a major airline company and had to choose some celebrity to promote our new boarding pass system, Osama bin Laden probably wouldn't be our first choice. For British Airways, though, the world's most wanted (and hated) man is apparently just the kind of star power the company needs to promote its new mobile-boarding pass service.

As Yahoo! News reports, a promotional photo of a boarding pass with bin Laden's name on it recently surfaced in a publication called the LHR News, an internal staff magazine that covers Heathrow Airport in London. Not coincidentally, the image was adjacent to an article promoting the new British Airways boarding system, which lets flyers print off their boarding pass directly from their cell phones. The name on the pass, in no uncertain terms, reads 'Bin Laden/Osama,' and includes his frequent flyer number, alongside his first-class seat assignment. According to the fake pass, the Al Qaeda bigwig is scheduled to board on October 26, 2010, which, as Gadling.com points out, all but ensures that "the terror level will be raised to 'red hot'" on the day of his alleged departure.

So far, no one really knows how or why this happened, but a spokeswoman for the airline told ABC News that "a mistake has been made in this internal publication and we are working to find out how this occurred." Another spokeswoman confirmed, "We're still working to find out how this occurred at this time," although given the airline's highly publicized labor dispute, many are speculating it could be the touch of a disgruntled employee, eager to send a message about his company's hierarchy. Or, it could just be another example of that uniquely morbid brand of British humor that leaves us either guffawing with glee, or shaking our heads with shock. [From: Yahoo]

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