Earlier this week concourses at Miami’s airport were shut down, and 50 flights were delayed, because the TSA wanted a better look inside a dentist’s carry on.
“In the process of transitioning other passengers to an adjacent screening lane, standard procedures were not adhered to and the passenger was allowed to depart the checkpoint and proceed into the terminal,” said TSA regional spokesman Mark Howell.
Howell said TSA ordered the gates to lock down until the passenger was located.
They tracked down the passenger to an American Airlines flight to Barbados that had boarded — and armed police in riot gear were sent onto the aircraft. Video shows passengers ordered to place hands on their heads, and ordered off the plane.
The gestapoLaw enforcement had a look at the dentist’s bag, which contained dental supplies like fillings. Eventually he and the rest of the passengers on the 6pm flight to Barbados wound up on a redeye instead.