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Friday, June 13, 2003

This one takes the phrase "fly-by-night" to unheard-of levels. A 19-year-old college student apparently made up an airline pretty much wholly online, took ticket deposits, and now is in legal hot water for fraud.

Luke Thompson, the man behind the fictitious Mainline Airways (I wish he had named it Mainline Airline; it would have made for a sweet headline here: "Inventing Mainline Airline, Online"), is insisting his operation is for real, but it doesn't look good.

Is this really an elaborate scam, or a case of someone getting way too ahead of himself in setting up a business? Either way, I'd say this dude is screwed.