Three Passengers Popped Aircraft Slide, Hit the Tarmac, and Ran Away…

They booked one-way tickets from Algiers to Istanbul via Rome. They boarded their onward flight to Turkey, and then bolted.

Three Algerian illegal migrants found a quick way to avoid deportation last week – they jumped off a moving Alitalia plane at Rome’s Fiumicino airport and ran for it.

…the three Algerians, who had been refused permission to stay in Italy, decided to do so anyway. They forced open a door while the plane was moving from the gate towards the runway, activated the exit chutes, slid down onto the tarmac and sprinted into the distance.

A major manhunt for the trio has been launched and an investigation opened…

The plane returned to the gate, and passengers offloaded onto another aircraft. Though hardly their fault, Alitalia needed to blame someone so they “called for stricter controls at Algerian airports” as though that would have prevented this somehow.

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  1. A major manhunt was launched to find 3 illegals in Italy. The USA has MILLIONS of them in the country and nobody lifts a finger and does nothing about it.

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