Wed, Jan 15, 2003
Complicated Gizmo Too Much for TSA's Highly-Trained Screeners;
TSA's spokesman explained, "When you looked at the monitor, it had
all these wires and looked very, very suspicious." Even the TSA's
really smart dogs apparently couldn't figure it out.
The TSA evacuated the Tampa (FL) airport's ticketing area, after
a screener saw a scary thing in the scanning X-ray unit. A bomb
squad robot was dispatched to have a better look. When the
machine removed the suspect object from the bag, that
object was found to have been a mousetrap. [We shudder to
think why the passenger thought it necessary to trap a mouse there
While the robot was being sent to check the bag, the TSA ran all
the people out of the ticket area. The delay took about 45 minutes,
according to one local report.
After airport police and TSA people talked with the owner of the
suspect bag, said owner was allowed to proceed. So far, it is not
illegal to carry a mousetrap in checked baggage.
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