Strangest story of the week: Toy dog that breaks wind sets off airport security

I can’t make this up:

A novelty toy dog which breaks wind sparked a major security alert at an American airport.
Page designer Dave Rogerson’s life-size mechanical terrier set off a security detector at Norfolk Airport in Virginia.

Armed security staff were alerted when the toy’s wind-breaking mechanism registered as a high explosive on sensitive monitoring equipment.

Mr Rogerson, 31, from Thorner, Leeds, was questioned by FBI agents and looked on in amazement as they took a series of swabs from the mechanical toy’s rear end.

The toy animal was eventually returned to him, but he was not allowed to take his planned flight and had to take an alternative route to North Carolina.

The Discussion: One Comment

rotfl! i got dinged for jewelry. you’d think they’d be able to tell the difference between tiny little ring/earring-shaped spots on the screen versus a gun shape ๐Ÿ™‚

October 31, 2003 @ 8:30 pm | Comment

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