A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Cookie and Toy Cause Airport Shutdown

A terminal at San Diego International Airport was shut down today after TSA employees mistook a child's toy and a cookie for a bomb. A screening machine at the Commuter Terminal detected what appeared to be bomb in a carry-on bag around 7:45 a.m. A bomb squad was called to the terminal, which serves regional flights, and investigators determined the bag did not contain any improvised explosive devices.

"Essentially what they did find was a child's toy and some organic material in a bag that turned out to be a cookie," Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Jennifer Peppin said. "Those two items combined on-screen, they very much appeared to be an IED, and it turned out not to be." The terminal was reopened about 9:20 a.m. and passengers were allowed back in, Peppin said. Five commuter flights to Los Angeles and one flight to Salt Lake City were delayed, said Steve Shultz, an airport spokesman.

Those damned Al Quaida are a sneaky bunch. Next thing you know, suicide bombers will be selling exploding Girl Scout cookies door to door.

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