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TODAY's Takeaway: Autistic boy's alternative therapy, worst layover ever 

Dec. 9, 2013 at 2:20 PM ET

Autistic boy wants to keep his chickens, man suffers through worst layover ever and Tyler Perry is willing to kill Madea.
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Autistic boy wants to keep his chickens, man suffers through worst layover ever and Tyler Perry is willing to kill Madea.

1. In what might be the worst layover ever, Tom Wagner dozed off during his recent flight and woke up to find himself locked in the plane’s dark cabin.

“I just don't know how it happened, I really don't,’’ he told TODAY. “I mean, passengers get off, you'd think somebody would have rubbed me or pushed me and said, 'Hey buddy, we're here.'’’

Video: Investigators are trying to find out how a man who fell asleep during a United Airlines flight, only to wake up and find himself trapped and alone on the plane, was not noticed by any of the crew members. NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports.

2. After years of therapy for J.J., a 3-year-old with autism, his parents found a way for him to connect: chickens.

“He's got a great personality now,” his mom, Ashleigh Hart, told TODAY. “He's got a personality we never thought we'd see.”

But now Ashleigh and her husband, Joe, are fighting to keep the birds, since their town banned residents from raising them. Do you think the community should lift the ban?

Video: After years of therapy for J.J. Hart, a three-year-old boy diagnosed with autism from Debary, Florida, his parents finally found a way for him to connect to the world with the help of chickens. Now the couple is fighting to keep the chickens, and maintain the progress their son has made, after local officials ruled that they were violating a city ordinance.

3. Jeff Rossen investigated a growing scam where people roll back odometers to sell cars for more than they’re worth.  

Have you checked your car’s odometer history? It’s easy.

Video: NBC’s Jeff Rossen investigates a growing scam where people are rolling back odometers on cars, then selling the car for more money than valued.

4. Time magazine revealed its top 10 finalists for 2013’s Person of the Year title. (It’s maybe the only year-end list to include Pope Francis, Miley Cyrus and Bashar al-Assad.)

Who do you think should get the title?

Video: Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs reveals the list of nominees for the magazine’s Person of the Year in the Orange Room with Tamron, including Edward Snowden, Pope Francis, and Miley Cyrus.

5. Tyler Perry stopped by the studio to chat about "A Madea Christmas," the latest project to feature the no-nonsense character. But don’t worry – he’s not too attached to her.

“As long as people want to see her, she'll be around," he insisted. "But the minute they stop coming, that broad's going to die a quick death!”

Video: Tyler Perry and Larry the Cable Guy, who teamed up for the holiday Movie “A Madea Christmas,” talk to TODAY’s Matt Lauer about working together for the first time.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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