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False Alert
Normally I ignore things like bomb hoaxes, but this one was too good to pass up. Security officials at Mackay Airport went on high alert and evacuated the terminal when a "rubbish bin started humming furiously." Upon inspection, they discovered a vibrating sex toy "emitting a lively buzzing sound" inside the trash can. A sheepish 26-year-old man stepped forward and admitted the device was his. He had thrown it away before boarding because he didn't want to go through security with it. "But instead of remaining discreetly discarded, it somehow managed to turn itself on."
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 04, 2004

how embarrasing!
Posted by john  in  NH  on  Mon Oct 04, 2004  at  09:00 PM
You'd have to be scared of being embarrassed to throw one of those out. They're pretty expensive!!
Posted by Nefertari  in  Australia  on  Tue Oct 05, 2004  at  04:27 AM
Good Vibrations' web site has some info on traveling with "toys" during the current paranoia crisis.
Posted by cvirtue  in  deleted  on  Tue Oct 05, 2004  at  09:55 PM
I heard the news story about this and assumed it was true, but now I'm starting to wonder. To believe the story, we have to believe that a man was too embarrassed to show his vibrator to an airport security employee, but was willing to come forward to claim it in front of airport police, bomb squads, FBI agents, and throngs of curious onlookers ... after he'd already thrown the thing away! If something like that happened to you, wouldn't you just say nothing and keep moving?
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Mon Oct 11, 2004  at  07:51 PM
Whoops, not FBI agents, since this was apparently in Australia, but whatever their equivalent of FBI is.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Mon Oct 11, 2004  at  08:02 PM
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