Sex Toys Mistaken for Bombs, Shut Down Berlin Airport
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Terminal D of Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport (SXF) was shut down on Tuesday after security officers saw “suspicious content in a luggage piece,” through the baggage X-ray, Berlin law enforcement officials said.
Luggage scans showed possible parts of a bomb inside, and a security alert was issued at about 11:00am on Tuesday, which shut down the terminal while the bomb squad could investigate the bag.
After an hour-long investigation, the bomb squad found that those “suspicious” items were not an explosive device, but actually a collection of various sex toys.
Police eventually called the bag’s owner over the airport’s loudspeaker so they could interview him about his luggage’s contents. But, officials said he was loathe to give straight answers about what was in the bag, maybe out of embarrassment, opting instead to demurely describe the contents as “technical stuff.”
Authorities reopened the terminal at noon.
Sex toys aren’t the only items that security officers mistake for weapons at airport checkpoints. Earlier this summer, a grenade-shaped marijuana grinder found in a carryon bag caused an evacuation at an Argentina airport, and the Transportation Security Administration issued a reminder that anything that looks like a gun, even a miniature lighter, cannot be packed in carryons.
The terminal shutdown at Berlin’s airport came the same day as a security breach caused a full evacuation at Frankfurt airport (FRA). Officials said that one person entered the airport’s secure area without having been screened.
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