Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Another day in homeland security 

Not that long ago an Australian plane was forced to do an emergency landing after a piece of paper was found onboard with "BOB" written on it. Initially thought to stand for "bomb on board", the consensus later emerged that instead it was an abbreviation for "best on board", in the aircrew speak the designation for the best looking male of female on the flight.

Today, Australia gets one better in the war on terror, as a local airport in Mackay, Queensland, is evacuated because of a vibrator:
"The 'personal device', as Mackay police Inspector Roger Lowe delicately put it, was placed in a rubbish bin at the airport as the man checked in for a flight. But instead of remaining discreetly discarded, it somehow managed to turn itself on, emitting a lively buzzing sound.

" 'It was rather disconcerting when the rubbish bin started humming furiously,' kiosk manager Lynne Bryant said. An alarmed Ms Bryant and other staff contacted airport security who declared the vibrating bin a security risk. They contacted police who declared an emergency situation."
If only all suspected bomb defusion jobs were as easy as removing batteries.

Australia's Channel 7 of course couldn't help itself with the headline "Bomb scare ends in anti-climax".


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