USAF veteran, FedEx pilot detained in China over possession of plastic BBs

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A former US Air Force Colonel flying for FedEx was detained in the southern Chinese region of Guangzhou for possession of “ammunition,” which turned out to be little more than 6mm plastic BBs.

Todd Hohn was taken into custody on Tuesday before he could board his Cathay Dragon flight after airsoft BBs were found in his luggage.

Despite the fact that he had previously cleared a security checkpoint through Japan (which is one of the most stringent in the world) and a FedEx screening facility in Guangzhou, the Chinese police found the plastic spheres, and determined that they were “illegal ammunition.”

“Chinese authorities in Guangzhou detained and later released one of our pilots on bail after an item was found in his luggage prior to a commercial flight,” a FedEx spokeswoman said.

Prior to flying for FedEx, the Florida resident served as the commander of an air wing at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma and had flown cargo planes for much of his career.

FedEx employees have come under serious scrutiny by the Chinese ever since the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and the company is facing numerous investigations in China for delivery irregularities related to Huawei.

According to the Daily Mail, the airline that Hohn was flying, Cathay Dragon, had also angered the Chinese government by expressing support for Hong Kong.

Hohn is currently held up in a local hotel and is not allowed to leave the mainland until the investigation is complete. It is unknown if the incident will hurt his career with FedEx.

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6 thoughts on “USAF veteran, FedEx pilot detained in China over possession of plastic BBs

  1. We should start rounding up random Chinese college students, deport them back to China, and tell Xi, “We’ll stop when you give us our guy back.” Fucking jerkoffs.

  2. Maybe we should no longer allow Chinese to attend our universities considering the fact that we have a hard time trying to get our own people to attend college. If the Chinese care about their own educational system, then they need to built a lot more of their colleges at home. They have all these ghost cities that can be turned into huge college campuses.

  3. Unfortunately, we need their manufacturing base since we gave them our manufacturing base. A reverse situation from World War II when we had to supply our stuff to them.

  4. That is a myth. We have plenty of manufacturing here in the states. I agree that it’s pathetic how much has been sent over but it’s not like China has it all and we’ve got nothing. The answer is easy, put the same restrictions on doing business with China that American companies did with Russia during the Cold War. Then them crash.

  5. We don’t have enough manufacturing and some of the factories are using robots instead of humans. I didn’t say that they have everything; however, we are way down in a lot of things like shipbuilding and repairing the ships, steel, copper. auto companies like GM want to build more factories overseas while shutting down their American factories, etc.

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