Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn fled house arrest in Japan in 2019. He did so by hiding inside a large Yamaha music case to evade airport inspectors.
A report in the Wall Street Journal revealed the escapade, which sounds stranger than fiction. The case was so large that inspectors at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport could not scan it. Hidden inside the case, Ghosn snuck himself out of Japan and to Lebanon.
When Yamaha learned of the (highly illegal) misadventure, the company issued a stern warning.
“We won’t mention the reason, but there have been many tweets about climbing inside large musical instrument cases,” Yamaha tweeted. “A warning after any unfortunate accident would be too late, so we ask everyone not to try it.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Twitter account later released photos of the exact case Ghosn used to escape. The case had holes drilled in the bottom so he could breathe. The case is intended to store a double bass, not a human body.