Coin tossing is a common Chinese good luck ritual that’s also popular in other parts of the world. People typically toss coins in fountains, however, not plane engines. While money in fountains is harmless (unless, of course, that fountain has fish in it… but that’s another story), The Points Guy noted that small objects, such as coins, can cause serious damage and even total engine failure on planes. In short, things could have gone seriously wrong if Lucky Air took off before finding the coins.
Lucky Air alleges that Lu’s good luck ritual caused more than $20,000 in damages to the aircraft and left over 160 passengers delayed. Everyone who was meant to be on the flight was forced to wait until the following day to board a plane to their intended destination. The airline is now pressing charges against the passenger. According to Travel Pulse, he’s been in custody for about a week.
“Not only does tossing coins not give you good luck it will endanger aviation safety and land you in detention. You could be fined and prosecuted,” Lucy Air said in a statement to Travel Pulse.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this has happened on a Lucky Air flight, which is pretty ironic considering the company’s name. In 2017, a 76-year-old woman did the exact same thing, causing similar issues.
To review, you’re welcome to do whatever brings you comfort and eases your anxiety when flying, but please -- for the sake of your fellow passengers, airline mechanics, and everyone else -- do not toss coins, or anything else, into plane engines.