False Alarm

Scott noted yesterday the discovery of what was described as “the makings of a bomb” in a rental car at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. The item left in the car, while certainly suspicious-looking, apparently turns out to be innocent:

A suspicious item found in a rental car at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was a scientific instrument used to record water temperature, airport officials said Monday.

This reminds me of a story a friend of mine told several years ago. He is a salesman for a medical device company and sells, among other things, heart valves, some of which are made from the valves in pigs’ hearts. One day, he boarded an airplane to return from a series of sales calls; the flight was delayed until two uniformed police officers boarded the airplane. The officers marched down the aisle until they got to my friend, and asked whether he was Mr. ____. They then said to take his carryon luggage and follow them off the airplane. Bewildered, my friend asked what it was all about. One of the officers replied, in a booming voice, that human body parts had been found in the trunk of his rental car. You can imagine the horror with which the other passengers watched my friend disembark.
He eventually convinced the police that what had been found in the trunk were pigs’ heart valves that he had inadvertently left behind, but not until after he had missed his flight.
Via the Power Line Forum.

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