Security Overreactions Not Limited to the United States

An Australian airport shut down for an hour after a vibrating sex toy was mistaken for a bomb.

    The suspect package was later identified as a vibrator-type “adult novelty device”. The incident was the latest in a string of false alerts regarding air security in Australia.


    The alarm was raised by cafeteria manager Lynne Bryant, whose staff was cleaning the area near a bin where the package was found.


    “It was rather disconcerting when the rubbish bin started humming furiously,” she said, Australian media reported.


    “We called security and next minute everybody was being evacuated while they checked it out.”


    Police were about to call in bomb experts when an unidentified passenger came forwards to identify the contents of the package.

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