Berlin Airport Terminal Shut for Deeply Personal Reason

A sex toy caused an hour-long closure
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2018 8:08 AM CDT
Berlin Airport Terminal Shut for Deeply Personal Reason
A sign directing drivers to Schonefeld.   (Getty Images/Hindenberg)

Around 11am on Tuesday, the D terminal at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport was shut down and an announcement was made seeking the owner of a piece of luggage. Airport personnel had flagged "suspicious content" during the X-ray screening, but when the bag's owner presented himself, CNN describes him as "reluctant" to talk about what was inside, describing it only as "technical stuff."

The bomb squad spent an hour investigating and came to a conclusion that might describe the man's reticence: the item in question was a sex toy, with the Independent specifying it was an Ann Summers-brand vibrator that had been mistaken for a hand grenade. Should you be wondering, the TSA notes such items are permissible in both checked and carry-on baggage. (More airport security stories.)

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