Travellers were prevented from heading airside when police at Italy’s biggest airport blew up a suspicious bag in the terminal. But everyone was surprised by its contents.
Yes, you’re seeing right. The bag contained coconuts (I am particularly impressed by the coconut that remained intact).
“The Italian police have just blown up someone’s bag in Rome Airport and are now going through someone’s pants,” Ned Donovan posted to Twitter from Fiumicino airport’s Terminal 3.
Donovan told the Independent that the incident was over in about 15 minutes, but despite people being stopped from going past security, most were left to “wander around.”
“There’s so much about this incident that I enjoyed and also felt so Italian,” Donovan wrote.
“They blew up what they thought was a bomb in the middle of the airport while people were about 10 metres away, and then when it was destroyed the police just wandered off and left it to be cleaned up.”
Elizabeth Rice, who was also at the airport, responded to Donovan’s tweet saying, “I was right there when they told people to get out now! I’m outside, taking cover, staying low and all the Italians are looking into the door and hanging out:)”.
Nobody was hurt, but the quips were quick:
“They put the bomb in the coconut and mixed it all up,” tweeted Rebecca Gustaf, putting a playful, if ominous, spin on Baha Men‘s Lime in the Coconut song.
“Is that a weapon of mass dessication?” Will Dean asked.
JOPLMBO managed to link the coconuts and the crime with this Law and Order-esque take on the situation: “In the criminal justice system, coconut based offenses are considered especially heinous. In Rome, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious coconuts are members of an elite squad known as the Exlploding Coconut Unit. These are their stories.”
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