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    Santa loses aircraft altitude exemption

    Proposed changes to Salt Lake City's aviation rules, which would remove Santa Claus's exemption from minimum altitude rules, have left residents bemused.

    The rules say that small aircraft must maintain an altitude of more than 610 metres while flying over the city.

    However, in a bid to be more 'professional' the department of airports has removed Santa's exemption.

    In the minds of some Salt Lake City residents, the change conjures up images of the famous curmudgeon from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol .

    Executive director of the department of airports, Tim Campbell, says the panel is not staffed by a bunch of Scrooges, it is just trying to be modern and professional.

    "We were updating the ordinance and this provision had not been looked at for a number of years," Mr Campbell said.

    "Members of the panel felt it was just not appropriate," added Mr Campbell, who voted to retain the Santa exemption.

    The Salt Lake City Council, which must approve the change, is not amused.

    "I have a 4-year-old who still believes in Santa Claus," disappointed council man Carlton Christensen said.

    The council is expected to vote on the proposed general aviation code changes next month.

    Santa Claus could not be reached for comment.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...9/s1197255.htm

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    I hope they leave it in

    There are a lot weirder laws out there. And it never hurts to have a touch of humor in the law.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    And it never hurts to have a touch of humor in the law.
    Well, maybe not Capital Murder cases