Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Thu March 19 2015

Flight Delayed in Malaysia After Prosthetic Finger Causes a Scare

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | March 19, 2015

Flight Delayed in Malaysia After Prosthetic Finger Causes a Scare

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In one of the weirdest stories you’ll hear all day, a flight getting ready to depart from Malaysia was delayed for two hours when the crew discovered what they believed to be a severed finger on the plane.

According to Jessica Plautz of, the Tigerair flight was scheduled to leave Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia, last Thursday for a trip to Singapore, but the flight crew was forced to delay the takeoff after finding the finger.

The crew onboard the plane contacted security officials from the airport, and it was discovered shortly after they arrived on the scene that the finger was not severed, but instead was a prosthetic that someone had lost.

When asked about the incident, a Tigerair spokesperson told Plautz, “The flight was delayed as airport authorities carried out checks when a prosthetic finger was discovered on board during a routine transit cabin inspection.”

Fortunately for those travelers on board the plane, the delay was just over two hours and they arrived at their destination safely Thursday night. As for the finger, Plautz reported that it was unclear if the prosthetic finger was ever returned to its rightful owner.

For those who travel often, experiencing flight delays is an issue that can be fairly common. Whether it’s weather or the crew fixing something on the airplane, the next time you are waiting for the eventual takeoff for your flight, be thankful that the delay wasn’t caused by the airline finding a finger on board.

I’ve heard of giving someone the finger, but this is ridiculous.

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