Man Faces Charges For Stealing Life Vests Off of Airplanes
B enjamin Wenzl allegedly exited from an airplane operated by Southwest Airlines on Monday, November 3, 2014 with two life vests taken from under the seats in his carry-on bag and was met by police at the location of Albuquerque International Sunport for curbside pickup.
“He self-admitted he took them as a prank for prank gifts”, said Marshall Katz — who is the chief of the City of Albuquerque Aviation Department Police — according to this article written by Cole Miller of KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque. “This could be the difference between life and death. It’s not a joke. It’s not a prank. It’s a crime.”
Wenzl reportedly admitted that when he inflates a life vest, “his friends get a kick out of it.”
Imagine searching for a life vest at your seat aboard an airplane during the unlikely event of an actual emergency — only to find that there is not one there. Fortunately, the seat cushion can also be used as a life vest of sorts.
Wentz — who is facing a misdemeanor larceny charge but could also face federal charges — supposedly admitted to stealing life vests in the past. The charges were then temporarily dismissed because the criminal complaint was not complete; but the charges are expected to be refiled.
Althought I find this story rather disturbing — as there is no excuse for what Wenzl is accused of doing, in my opinion — I found this quote supposedly said by Katz which is so bizarre that it has me scratching my head more than a person suffering from a severe dandruff and eczema problem:
“In my 30 year career, I can tell you people will steal anything even dirty diapers.”
Steal dirty diapers? Huh?!?
Could someone please explain that one? I cannot for the life of me figure out why someone would want to steal a dirty diaper…
Photograph of Southwest Airlines aircraft ©2014 by Brian Cohen.