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"Garuda: Every Passenger Makes It To Their Final Destination, It Just Might Not Be The One You Planned On"

Next time you get on board Indonesia's national airline, Garuda, you might want to pass on an upgrade to Business Class.

The airline has been implicated in the arsenic poisoning of civil rights activist Munir Said Thalib during a flight to Singapore last year. Among the employees charged in the killing were the pilot and Garuda's CEO.

The minimum lethal dose of arsenic ranges from 50 to 300 mg, and symptoms of acute poisoning include vomiting, convulsions, muscle cramps, diarrhea and stomach pain. Unless you are involved in mining, sheep dipping or copper smelting, you are highly unlikely to have a large risk of poisoning. Because it is so toxic, it has been used in pesticides of all kinds (think rat poison).

The chief suspect is an off-duty pilot aboard the flight who persuaded Thalib to accept the upgrade on the first leg of his flight. The CEO has denied any employee involvement, and will remain CEO of Garuda for the time being.


  • At 7:08 PM, Anonymous cb/other said…

    I had no idea that airlines were so interesting and so connected to current events.

    have you seen the terminal life yet? or wait they changed the name of that film to the terminal.

  • At 12:40 PM, Blogger Kory O said…

    Lotsa weird stuff happens at the airport and on planes that no one ever knows about.

    I did see The Terminal, but the real story was more compelling than the fictionalized one with the happy ending.

  • At 3:39 PM, Blogger Deacon Blues said…

    3 times I have run in to people I knew at an airport. I was living in Birmingham, Alabam at the time and ran into friends at airports in San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine. Life is stranger than fiction.

  • At 8:59 PM, Blogger muck4doo said…

    tryin avoid airports much as im can. last trip to em austin/bergstrum was kinda weerd. theyn askerin me if im consent to em further search and im said "no" and they justn let me pass thru without em argument

  • At 9:34 PM, Anonymous cb/other said…

    that is just the saddest story ever. about the Iranian.

    my last flight left a lot to be desired. my son got on the conveyor
    belt, and then he panicked on the plane and hypervenilated. i thougt
    he was suffucating, but he was scared. i drove back home.

  • At 11:40 PM, Blogger Kory O said…

    Deacon, that's just weird. I've only run into old coworkers at Phoenix's Sky Harbor, but not far from home.

    Muck, what was your son doing on the conveyor belt? Did the damn ramp rats scare him or something?

  • At 12:58 AM, Blogger Deacon Blues said…

    Kory O, visit Muck4doo's blog and 2cleverbyhalf sometime. I do live a weird life, but I love every minute of it.


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