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‘Julebord’ guest reached new heights

It’s julebord (holiday party) season in Norway, known for drunken exploits by party guests who imbibe far too much aquavit or other alcoholic refreshments. One julebord participant took his partying to new heights last weekend, quite literally.

Imagine the surprise among air traffic controllers in the tower at Stavanger’s main airport at Sola, when an intoxicated man suddenly knocked on the trapdoor in the floor of the tower that leads to its outdoor ladder.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the drunken man, dressed in party clothes, had managed to climb the ladder in the wee small hours of Saturday morning after heavy partying Friday night. It was unclear where he came from, how he gained access to the foot of the airport tower’s ladder and why he thought he should climb its 45 meters in the chilly darkness.

At first the air traffic controllers resisted letting him in, but when he refused to climb back down the ladder, they relented, apparently fearing for his safety. The called police and the man, in his 20s, ended his julebord evening under arrest.

He underwent questioning on Saturday, and claimed he didn’t remember a thing. He told police he had no idea why he climbed the ladder, an exploit that was expected to raise security concerns among personnel at civilian aviation authority Avinor.

“He apologized profusely for what he had done, and was a humble man on the morning after,” said Kristian Johansen of the Rogaland Police District.

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