Fake Flowers Frighten Flyers
In these days of super-sensitive airport security, you can't really be too surprised that four boxes of plastic flowers could shut down an airport for half a day. That's what happened over the weekend at the international airport in Perth, Western Australia, when four suspicious boxes were unloaded from a flight arriving from Kuala Lumpur.
We're pleased that the authorities didn't want us to get blown up or anything, but these incidents do tend to get drawn out into major catastrophes. The alarm was raised about these boxes because an employee thought he felt something vibrating; they didn't get x-rayed for another 9 hours, by which time eight international flights had been canceled and thousands of passengers and staff had been evacuated.
We hope plastic flowers don't get added to the long list of can't-take-on-airplane objects. Or should we just make it a whole lot simpler and ban everything from planes? Then we'd all be safe from fake vibrating flowers.
[Photo: Andreas Solberg]