Santa SSLH at North Pole on Dec 24th 2020, the smoking gun

Last Update: December 24, 2020 / 00:03:17 GMT/Zulu time

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Date of incident
Dec 24, 2020


Following the same procedure as every year all the paperwork to be able to operate the sleigh for Christmas deliveries was to be done. Santa received a letter from the FAA indicating that despite all these difficult times there would be no exception and a check flight was to be performed before overflight permits could be issued. The letter highlighted the importance that everybody involved in the operation of the sleigh, also during the check flight, observes the necessary precautions, wears a mask and maintains at least 6 feet distance from any other, even though the FAA had been informed Santa had already been vaccinated by Dr. Fauci. As an example, the FAA pointed to a photo of even man made aircraft, e.g. a Boeing 747-8, wearing a mask!

Santa grumbled, how should I get the masks for our reindeer? The Elves suggested to produce the masks themselves, Santa's eight reindeer Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixem propelling the sleigh as well as the nineth "red nosed reindeer equipped with supplemental safety and navigation gear", Rudolph, agreed to test the masks. An internal test flight confirmed, that they all were comfortable and could safely operate the sleigh although Rudolph complained his red nose was no longer illuminating the way ahead and he was basically navigating in the blind.

The FAA inspector arrived for the annual check flight. The guard elves initially denied access thinking because of him wearing a mask he was just a bank robber or maybe Zorro, but Santa was able to clear up the misunderstanding and the inspector entered the site. As usual Santa had a very careful look at the inspector and couldn't help but to notice, that there was again a rifle hidden underneath the inspector's coat. Santa asked "Same procedure as every year?", the inspector confirmed "Same procedure as every year!"

Sure enough, just as the sleigh rotated to become airborne, the inspector got his rifle out, aimed at Dasher and pulled the trigger. A bang occurred, smoke rose from the rifle, but Dasher just turned his head, stared puzzled at the inspector and continued to pull in full force.

"What happened?" asked Santa. The inspector explained: "I have strict order that I and all of my stuff, which obviously includes the bullets, have to maintain social distancing!"

Previous Santa stories:
Santa SSLH at North Pole on Dec 24th 2019, engine not shot down in flight
Santa B20J at North Pole on Dec 24th 2018, rejected takeoff due to lack of navi
Santa SSLH at North Pole on Dec 24th 2017, sneezing engine
Santa SSLH at North Pole on Dec 24th 2016, smoke in cockpit
Santa SSLH at North Pole on Dec 24th 2015, engine shot down on takeoff
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Date of incident
Dec 24, 2020


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