A terminal at one of Europe’s busiest airports has come to a panicked standstill, with flights grounded – and all because of an iPhone.
This iPhone was no ordinary iPhone. A passenger trying to board a flight at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport had decided to carry their iPhone in a groovy little custom case designed to look like an automatic pistol.
Some novelty items, like cigarette lighters, can be designed to resemble guns. But it’s not a smart idea to try to bring them on a plane, or even to carry them.
European media reported that a young couple travelling together, both believed to be about 20 years old, were taken aside by Dutch police after fellow passengers grew alarmed about what appeared to be a handgun.
In the end, passengers were able to board their plane after going through a second security check.
The arrival of mobile phones that look like guns has already drawn fire (so to speak) from police in the US, who have warned people not to buy or carry them.
When the phone and case are placed in a pocket, as shown above, the result looks like a deadly weapon.
A New York police officer told local news outlet WKOW.com that the novelty could easily be mistaken for a weapon in daylight, and even more so in darkness.
“If somebody had this in their back pocket and a police officer comes upon them … they’re just walking to the deli to get a coffee, chances are that that person would be stopped at gunpoint, thrown down on the floor, handcuffed and that item removed.”
And that, US authorities warn, is the best-case scenario.
If you value your life, don’t carry one.
Written by : Peter Needham