Journalists told not to take souvenirs

Journalists ticked off for scavenging souvenirs from Air Force One Credit: White House Public Domain

When Concorde was in operation, it seemed that travellers were almost encouraged to help themselves to cutlery and crockery to keep as souvenirs.

This is not however the case with President Biden’s Air Force One as a recent inventory check following a trip to the West Coast of America revealed the members of the press who were on the flight had helped themselves.

Journalists warned to behave

This has resulted in a warning from the White House Correspondents’ Association that the removal of a number of items which carry the Air Force One logo is strictly prohibited.

It appears that ‘light fingered journos’ have taken a liking to such items as branded pillowcases, glasses, cutlery, towels and gold-rimmed plates as well as other items and have been taking them home as souvenirs.

Free box of Presidential M&Ms

What they are sometimes allowed is a free box of Presidential M&Ms but anything else is strictly prohibited, although it doesn’t say much for security if the press contingent can simply disembark with a selection of souvenirs in their bags and pockets.

Technically, Air Force One is classified as a military aircraft and can withstand a certain level of attack, but the press contingent who sit in the back of the aircraft have until now been helping themselves to what may be considered classified accoutrements.

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Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


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