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05 January 2010 @ 03:41 pm
Honey in soft drink bottles -- sign #37 that you may be a terrorist  
FRESNO, Calif. – The suspicious material found inside luggage that prompted the shutdown of a California airport Tuesday morning turned out to be five soft drink bottles filled with honey, authorities said.

A passenger's suitcase tested positive for TNT at Bakersfield's Meadows Field during a routine swabbing of the bag's exterior, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. When TSA officials opened the bag, they found bottles filled with an amber liquid, he said.

"Why in this day and age would someone take a chance carrying honey in Gatorade bottles?" Youngblood asked. "That itself is an alarm. It's hard to understand."

Things are bad when a sheriff talks about how suspicious it is that somebody would put honey into an empty plastic bottle as a means of transporting it.

The guy in question was a gardener. It looks likely that the honey wasn't in a commercial bottle because he got it not from a commercial bottle, but from, like, actual bees.

Amazingly, it appears he's not going to be arrested or tasered anything for carrying honey, though there's a lot of loud decrying of various completely random things.

The above quote is from an article on this topic.
IANALqueen_elvis on January 6th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
The radio told me this stuff tested positive for TNT. Clearly, they meant it tested positive for tasty!
Yaniyanijc on January 6th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
That's it, the world is officially nucking futz!
rbusrbus on January 6th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
decades ago i had trouble carrying a bag on an airliner becuase it had my rock-hammer in it. when i told him i was carrying a rock hammer because i was a geologist, the security guy told me "to prove it."

i said "Subduction leads to orogeny."

the bag rode 1st class. i was stuck in coach.

i'd say they over-reacted. still, the honeyman was a doofus for trying to carry such a thing on board in this day and age. he musta been stunged on his brane two much.
Ryan Ingramryani on January 7th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
The war on the Unexpected sums it up pretty well.