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Man Jumps on Wing of Plane Waiting for Takeoff

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It was a tense 37 minutes of fear for passengers on an Azman Air airplane when a man bolted onto the tarmac and jumped on the wing of the aircraft as it waited to take off.

The frightening scene took place Friday at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.

The incident was captured in near-real-time by a passenger who uploaded it on Instagram.

Others posted on YouTube.

Passenger Otto Orondaam put a story up on his Instagram with the video, saying “Guys this is an emmergency o (sic). For 30 minutes we have been stuck at the runway at MMIA by an unidentified man who ran to the aircraft with a bag. Security has not showed up and everyone is panicking. I have so many questions to ask but right now I can’t even breathe. Pls share this to all relevant authorities.”

Orondaam reported that the flight to Port Harcourt was taxiing for takeoff when the unidentified man came running out of some nearby bushes toward the plane. The pilot spotted him and immediately slowed down and cut the engines.

The man approached the plane with gloves and a bag, which he dropped inside one of the engines before climbing up on one of the engine casings near the wing.

Orondaam’s initial Instagram plea to alert authorities was due to a delay in handling the situation. Officials from the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria arrived on the scene 23 minutes after the man approached the plane, but were reluctant to approach him. Fourteen minutes later, security officials arrived and apprehended the man.

“Thanks to the Pilot of the Azman Airline for quickly observing and taking swift action,” Orondaam wrote. “I still have a million and one questions to ask cos anything could have gone wrong! Nigeria will work perfectly someday. This I know.”

Passengers were told to disembark the plane to be screened at security again before taking off for Port Harcourt.

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TSA Bans TikTok Videos From Agency Social Media Accounts

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Sunday employees would no longer be permitted to use TikTok to post on behalf of the agency’s social media accounts.

According to the New York Post, the decision to ban the use of the Chinese owned video-sharing app comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voiced concerns about potential national security issues.

TSA officials said several employees who managed the agency’s social media accounts had used the TikTok platform to create videos that were shared with followers, but the agency has told its staff they are no longer allowed to use the video-sharing app on TSA accounts.

While the TSA never had a TikTok account or posted content directly to the platform, the federal agency’s employees posted videos on TSA social media accounts that featured the social media platform’s logo in the corner.

Senator Schumer began advocating for the agency to stop using TikTok after he called on intelligence officials to investigate the platform to protect national security. He followed up his comments with a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske on Saturday, which sparked the ban.

When asked about the decision, Schumer defended his position and cited a Department of Homeland Security rule prohibiting TikTok on agency devices. The Department of Defense and the State Department have also banned employees from posting on the social media platform.

“Given the widely reported threats, the already-in-place agency bans, and the existing concerns posed by TikTok, the feds cannot continue to allow the TSA’s use of the platform to fly,” Schumer said in a statement.

“These videos sure do make you chuckle; they’re creative,” the senator continued. “But China might be laughing at these TSA postings for very different reasons, and that should concern us and it’s why I am urging the TSA to find a different platform, and cease its use of TikTok now.”

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