Police at Rome Airport Blow Up Bag That Turns Out to Be Filled With Coconuts
A saga about a suspicious bag at the Rome airport might just crack you up. Figuratively speaking.
On Monday, Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport had a brief scare when police blew up a suspicious bag. Fortunately, the bag did not contain deadly weapons. Instead, it was full of coconuts, the Independent reported.
Freelance journalist Ned Donovan was in Terminal 3, where the lovely bunch of coconuts was found, and documented the whole ordeal.
According to Donovan, not only did the police blow up the bag, they also searched the person who presumably owned it.
Donovan told the Independent that the incident was over in about 15 minutes. While most people were being stopped from going past security, most were left to “wander around.”
Donovan tweeted that the bag was intentionally blown up with people less than 10 meters (about 32 feet) away. So, you might say that not exactly every precaution was being taken. Luckily, no one was harmed. (The same cannot be said for the coconuts.)
Another Twitter user, Elizabeth Rice, said she was present in the terminal when the bag was being detonated. According to Rice, other passengers weren’t too concerned about the police blowing up a bag inside the airport with other people around.
When the bag was opened, post-explosion, only charred coconut remained. Donovan commented on Twitter that the officials then left the bag unaccompanied to be cleaned up. Overall, people seem amused by the whole incident.
If only the officers could have just done a simple search. Then we’d all be drinking piña coladas right now.