News, but not the serious kind
Will you be taking those grenades all the way to Belgium?
Sometimes I just don’t understand stuff, so maybe you can help me with this exercise in logic.
According to our story, the grenades had been disarmed, and the woman surrendered them “without incident.”
She was then allowed to board the flight, bound for Belgium.
Excuse me? These are among the questions I have about this…
- Isn’t carrying more than two hand grenades already by definition an incident?
- If the grenades didn’t pose a threat, why did she have to surrender them?
- Would you want to sit next to somebody who tried packing five grenades in her suitcase?
- Why would a person go to Belgium?
Another story about the same incident said the Transportation Security Administration “could not say what the woman had intended to do with the grenades once she reached Europe.”
Is that so? Because if I were the TSA, I’d want to be able to share a pretty convincing reply to that question before the lady took off.
Top: Dust rises as a grenade is neutralized by Kashmiri Bomb Disposal Squad in Srinagar, July 23, 2005. REUTERS/Muneer Ahmad
Right: Five disarmed grenades discovered in the luggage of a woman boarding a flight to Belgium at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey. Credit: Reuters/TSA