Terror “Clash”: Sing-a-long Halts UK Plane

The Clash - London CallingNot to be outdone by the USA in fighting the war on terror in an amazingly stupid manner, it seems our old friends across the pond found it necessary to drag Harraj Mann, 24, off a plane after a cabbie reported him for the dastardly offence of… singing along to The Clash during his cab ride to Durham Tees Valley Airport (via Boing Boing):

The taxi driver had become worried on the way to the airport because Mann had been singing along to The Clash’s 1979 anthem “London Calling,” which features the lyrics “Now war is declared — and battle come down” while other lines warn of a “meltdown expected”.

Mann told newspapers the taxi had been fitted with a music system which allowed him to plug in his MP3 player and he had been playing The Clash, Procol Harum, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to the driver.

“He didn’t like Led Zeppelin or The Clash but I don’t think there was any need to tell the police,” Mann told the Daily Mirror.

The song London Calling (lyrics) from the same-named 1979 album. Considering the band has a rich history of political tension within the UK, it’s only humorous to note that something as innocent as singing along to their song 27 years later can still piss off the UK authorities.

Update: Woops, looks like we’re learning how to be like Slashdot around here and posting dupe stories. My apologies for that, even though I like my write-up better :P