Egypt Air denies ‘snake on board’ claims

A screengrab from a video alleging to show a snake hanging from the plane’s ceiling. (Courtesy of Youtube)
Updated 18 March 2018
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Egypt Air denies ‘snake on board’ claims

CAIRO: Egypt Air has denied news reports claiming that a snake has attacked a passenger boarding its Saturday flight from Cairo to Kuwait.
The Egyptian national carrier released a statement on Sunday denouncing the reports as “baseless,” noting that there had been a similar incident on the airliner back in 2012.
Several news outlets in Egypt have quoted a Kuwaiti newspaper report that published a video alleging to show a snake hanging from the plane’s ceiling.

The report by Kuwait’s Al-Anba Newspaper claimed the reptile had bitten a passenger on board, forcing the plane en route to Kuwait to revert back to Egypt for an emergency landing at Hurghada airport, about an hour after taking off.
Al-Anba alleged a number of passengers were surprised by the presence of a “poisonous Cobra on the plane, which caused fear and panic. It also reported one passenger was stabbed before they succeeded in killing the snake.
In a statement, Egypt Air urged all media outlets to rely on the company’s official statements regarding issues similar to this incident.


“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York's Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. (AP)
Updated 19 February 2019
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“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

  • Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92

WASHINGTON: The sailor pictured kissing a woman in Times Square as people celebrated the end of World War II has died at age 95, his daughter told the Providence Journal.
George Mendonsa had a seizure Sunday after falling at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Rhode Island, his daughter Sharon Molleur said.
In the famous image, one of four taken by Alfred Eisenstadt for Life magazine, Mendonsa is seen ecstatically bending over and kissing a woman in a white nurse’s uniform.
The picture was published by Life as “V-J Day in Times Square.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.
He had long claimed to be the sailor in the picture, but it wasn’t confirmed until recently with the use of facial recognition technology.
Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92.
Eisenstadt did not get the names of the kissing strangers.
He later described watching the sailor running along the street, and grabbing any girl in sight.
“I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me,” he wrote in “Eisenstadt on Eisenstadt.”
“Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.