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Santa Claus gives a thumbs up as FAA inspectors give his sleigh the green light to fly across the United States on Christmas Eve during a photo opportunity at Washington Reagan National Airport December 23, 2004. [color=red]Secretary of Transport Norman Mineta was on hand to sign the waiver to allow Santa to carry out his travels.[/color] REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

I guess it’s really true after all. :astonished:

Santa Claus, like all pilots, gets regular visits from the
Federal Aviation Administration, and it was shortly before
Christmas when the FAA examiner arrived.

In preparation, Santa had the elves wash the sled and bathe
all the reindeer. Santa got his logbook out and made sure all
his paperwork was in order.

The examiner walked slowly around the sled. He checked the
reindeer harnesses, the landing gear, and Rudolf’s nose. He
painstakingly reviewed Santa’s weight and balance
calculations for the sled’s enormous payload.

Finally, they were ready for the checkride. Santa got in,
fastened his seatbelt and shoulder harness, and checked the
compass. Then the examiner hopped in carrying, to Santa’s
surprise, a shotgun.

“What’s that for?” asked Santa incredulously.

The examiner winked and said, “I’m not supposed to tell you
this, but you’re gonna lose an engine on takeoff.”