June 4, 2012
In another stupendous incident of comical over-reaction, the TSA ordered the evacuation of two airport terminals in Minneapolis after a water purification device was found in a woman’s luggage.
From the AP:
The device was found by Transportation Security Administration officials about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in a piece of checked baggage in Terminal 2, also known as the Humphrey terminal. The Bloomington Police Department bomb squad was called, and the airport terminal was evacuated for about two hours while authorities investigated.
That’s right, they called out the bomb squad, probably because the TSA agents who discovered the water purification device have never seen one before.
The woman in question said she needed the device for medical purposes.
After the TSA discovered the luggage, the woman was pulled off the flight and interrogated. The flight to Anchorage, Alaska was delayed while the TSA puzzled over the device, wondering if it was something sent to America by al-Qaeda, who hates us for our freedom (to be crotch-groped and sent through dangerous radiation naked body porno scanners).
No criminal charges were filed.