Steve Jobs busted for trying to bring Ninja stars onto a plane

Steve Jobs is many things. A tech icon. A product visionary. But a Ninja? Who knew..

There's no denying that Steve Jobs is a tech icon, but who knew that he was also a Ninja?

According to reports, the Apple CEO in July was forced to discard Ninja stars he was travelling with on his way back from Japan prior to boarding his private plane. According to SPA! magazine, Jobs was undergoing a security check at Kansai International Airport when a routine scan detected Ninja stars Jobs had purchased while in Japan on a family vacation.

Jobs reportedly tried to reason with security officials, noting that it would make no sense for someone to hijack his own plane, but rules are rules, and Jobs was ultimately forced to leave his precious stars behind. Apparently at Kansai Airport, there are no separate security measures for folks travelling on private planes or with the general public.

Jobs, never shy about making his feelings known, subsequently told security officials that he would never visit Japan again. Alas, his threat carried no weight.

An airport spokesman at Kansai airport later confirmed that a passenger attempting to board a private plane in July was stopped for having Ninja stars in his posession, but declined to divulge more details due to the airport's privacy policy.

As for the Ninja stars? They were thrown away.

Update: Apple is now denying the story. In a statement issued to All Things D, an Apple spokesman stated:

Steve did visit Japan this summer for a vacation in Kyoto, but the incidents described at the airport are pure fiction. Steve had a great time and hopes to visit Japan again soon.

It's hard to tell what to make of the vague denial. Did Jobs not have any Ninja stars at all, or is Apple merely denying that he threatened never to come back to Japan?

via Bloomberg

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