"pipe bomb" stops screening @ SGF ... Doh! Would you believe a voltage adaptor?

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Ozarks First: 'Suspicious Device' at Springfield Airport Turns Out to be Voltage Adaptor

    Kent Boyd, spokesman for the airport, says around 12:30 p.m. TSA inspectors came across a device they thought was a pipe bomb. "That brought the entire inspection process to a halt," he says. "The administrative offices were evacuated because they're right over that room. And the fire department, City of Springfield Bomb Squad were called. They determined it was a voltage regulator, for taking overseas so you can plug in your hairdryer."

    Got the :vomit:bags at the ready?

    Boyd says the situation highlights the purpose of TSA. "This really illustrates how cautious you have to be. Even though this wasn't a pipe bomb, you can't fault anyone for ringing the alarm. In this day and age, with terrorism going on across the world, you can't be too careful."

    Oh, yes you can.
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  3. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    Let me correct that.

    “In this day and age, with fear of terrorists the only thing keeping me employed, you can't be too careful.”
     
  4. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    A lot of the stuff in my laptop bag kinda sorta looks like a bomb, too. :rolleyes:

    Here's how I would explain it:

    "See them funny lookin' prongs? Electrical outlets over in Europe aint like the ones here, so this end plugs in the wall. Now, see these holes on the other side. They look just like the wall outlet back in yer double-wide, don't they?"

    Uh-oh, instant retaliatory extra screening! :eek::D

    Kent Boyd, you as a man are no longer allowed to wear pants. Go to Fashion Bug and buy some lovely sun dresses to wear from now on.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Visions of Tonya Harding as a TSA screener holding a collapsible baton come to mind ... :eek:
     
  6. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    "This really illustrates how cautious you have to be. Even though this wasn't a pipe bomb, you can't fault anyone for ringing the alarm. In this day and age, with terrorism going on across the world, you can't be too careful."

    No this REALLY illustrates how stupid the TSA is that none of their employees recognized this as a device hundreds of passengers pack when they are traveling overseas. Which begs the question - this can't be the only voltage regulator that's ever been packed in a bag but apparently it's the only one that has been discovered since nobody knew what the (expletive deleted) it was. Maybe they are too busy looking for nail clippers and body lotion.
     
  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Or pot and cupcakes.
     
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  8. Louis Betti

    Louis Betti Original Member

    Okay....

    Here's what a voltage adapter with some wires might look like. Any of us have one of these? I do! (okay, not as many wires!) But I wanted to find one with a bunch of them. Then again, a pipe bomb does NOT need wires, just a fuse!

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    Now here is an example of what a pipe bomb might look like:

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    Here's what an apple looks like:

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    Here's what a hand grenade often looks like:

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    Here's what a flash light often looks like:

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    Here's what a stick of dynamite looks like:

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    Let's go back to first grade for some TSA training!!

    Sounds like the TSA "officer" who called this "pipe bomb" should go back to first grade, which, perhaps is the last grade they graduated from!
     
  9. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    Funny, brains are also kind-of sphere-shaped objects that have kind-of "wires" coming out of them.
     
  10. So, basically, someone saw a laptop adapter on the x-ray? Really? They've never seen one of those before?
     
  11. RB

    RB Founding Member

    No worries, no brains at TSA.
     
  12. Louis Betti

    Louis Betti Original Member

    I dare say YES! It's not as though we have been shown any photos of the unit, but they spoke of a voltage adapter with wires coming out of it. I just chose a perhaps appropriate photo of one.

    The typical stuff you use in Europe to plug stuff in has no wires. I have this stuff too, I know. So, what else could it be?
     
  13. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    It's just as well they confiscate them prongs. Many countries won't let you import seafood.
     

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