Granny Causes Panic At Airport With Bag That Says BOMB On The Side
Passengers at Brisbane airport were left understandably a little bit shocked by a piece of luggage that made its way around the carousel on Wednesday morning.
The bag in question belonged to an old woman and to say it was a 'suspicious item' is a bit of an understatement - it said "BOMB TO BRISBANE" in huge letters on the side of it.
Now if that doesn't provoke a bit of worry in a crowd at an airport, I don't know what will.
The Indian grandma who owns the bag is Venkata Lakshmi and the reason behind her bizarre bag decoration is because she was travelling from Bombay (Mumbai) to Brisbane.
It all starts to make sense now.
However, the bag was spotted by another female passenger who reported it to the authorities.
Upon landing she was whisked away into a police room and interrogated in what you'd imagine would be a fairly thorough fashion.
The passenger who reported that bag, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "It was with a whole bunch of bags and I just saw the word 'bomb',
"I didn't know what to make of it to be honest, I thought it may have been a joke,
"But when I saw the police officers come over then I realised it was a bit more serious.
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"How it made it all the way is beyond me, you've got to be pretty thick to do that,"
Needless to say, Lakshmi was absolutely mortified. Her granddaughter Devi Jothiraj said: "She was pulled into a room and interviewed.
"My mother told me they thought something was in there and people were panicking. They asked her to open the bag and asked her why it says bomb and she said - It's for Bombay!"
You think by this point most people could start to see the funny side of the mix-up. But, of course, it's a serious issue and the police didn't find it so hilarious.
A statement from the Aussie coppers read: "The Australian Federal Police responded to reports of a suspicious item of baggage at Brisbane International Airport this morning.
"An area near a baggage carousel was cordoned off and the item was examined in accordance with routine protocols and was not deemed to be suspicious,"
In her defence, the airport identification code for Mumbai is BOM, so it's not as difficult as you might think.
Mumbai was officially called Bombay until 1995 when it was changed.
Although, writing MUM to Brisbane probably wouldn't have helped her either.
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